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Just Imagine…Preserving Cultural Heritage

Debra White Plume was a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. She spent her life trying to protect the Oglala Lakota way of life. As a child, she was encouraged to leave her traditional land and relocate to California as part of the Indian Relocation Act of 1956. This...

Facilitating While Avoiding Panic Attacks

It was the first day in Dr. John Tatum’s class. After class he was approached by Eddie Gibson, a freshman. “Professor, I get panic attacks whenever I’m in front of a group. I don’t think I can do the discussion facilitation that’s required. Can I be exempt from...

Just Imagine…Good Trouble

Imagine Good Trouble, Not Bad Mimi Jones, born Mamie Ford, was the thirteenth of fourteen children born to her parents in rural Georgia. She worked on the farm until her mother took a job in a nearby town. She and her sister moved to town with their mother. There...

Special Needs Discussions

Making meaningful accommodations for inclusion Professor Anita Watkins had received an accommodation notice for Norm, a student in an upcoming class. While the accommodation request did not specifically label Norm’s disability, it asked Professor Watkins not to...

Overcoming Preconceived Ideas

Introducing a human dimension to engage with complexity Taylor Mathis was a trained facilitator who had earned a reputation for helping organizations think through very tough issues. His approach was to help facilitate the identification of possibilities before the...

Facilitation Styles

Hot and Cool Facilitation Styles It was a crazy day in Professor Anita Waldman’s class. One discussion group, which she called the “Brady Bunch,” was really riled up. Normally this group was very docile. It was hard for the facilitator to get an energetic...

Hidden Talent and the Role of Mentors

What's the real value added from higher education? Kay was an unassuming student. Her shyness held her back. She was afraid to ask questions in class and didn’t have a study group to depend on. Her senior year, she took a class that focused on facilitation skills....