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Keynote Presentation— Raye Rawls

Reflective Structured Dialogue: An Approach to Cross Boundaries

Raye Rawls

Friday, February 15 | 10:30am-12:00pm | Kentucky E

Finding ways to engage in dialogue that is embracing and welcoming while allowing us to remain in community despite our differences is critical to fostering collaboration. The Reflective Structured Dialogue (RSD) process is a dialogue tool that can be used to help facilitate a process of engagement that can lead to mutual understanding, a foundation for problem solving, collaboration, and equity in learning environments.

RSD is a structured conversation designed to provide people with the opportunity to develop understanding around perspectives and worldviews that may be different from their own. The goal of RSD is to open spaces for communication that have been closed. RSD responds to what normally happens in highly polarized conversations: people take sides, things become black or white, and uncertainty and ambiguity become suppressed. The overarching purpose of this engagement is to teach RSD as an approach for fostering collaboration.