Monday, March 31, 2008

Immigration Dialogue Circle Kicks Off April 22, 2008

IMMIGRATION Dialogue Circle
Discussing a Sensitive Topic in a SAFE Environment

Tuesdays, April 22, 29, May 6, 13 & 20, 2008
6:30 to 8:30 PM**

Presented by: the Scarritt-Bennett Center in collaboration with the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute and Welcoming Tennessee Initiative - a project of the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition.

Purpose: To dialogue honestly about immigration issues, perceptions, differences and similarities in a safe environment where all people can be heard. Sessions are coordinated by facilitators trained by the Scarritt-Bennett Center.

Location: Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI), 227 French Landing, Ste. 100, Nashville, 37228

Investment: $25 for all 5 sessions.
Cash, check or money order only payable to Scarritt-Bennett Center.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Deadline to Register: Wednesday, April 16, 2008.

**IMPORTANT: Participants must commit to ALL 6 sessions, as these are progressive.**

About Scarritt-Bennett Center’s Dialogue Circles:
Dialogue Circles are comprised of 8-12 diverse individuals who meet regularly for two hours a week for between 4 and 7 weeks to dialogue about critical issues. By having trained facilitators lead the groups each individual is able to share their feelings, opinions, and thoughts in an open and honest way in an environment free of being attacked, defensive, or critical. Each person has a voice in the dialogue, and by listening to the diverse perspective of others, participants gain valuable insight that can lead to change or a better understanding of their own and other’s views. In Nashville, the program focuses on race relations, diversity, police & community relations, immigration, schools, unemployment, youth, and neighborhoods. To date, over 2,500 people in Nashville have gone through Dialogue Circles and have participated in honest conversations about sensitive issues.

For more information, and to register, please contact:
Diana Holland, Dialogue Circle Coordinator
phone: 615-367-3878

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