Spring 2024 Funded Grants

Spring 2024 Funded Events

portrait of Mónica Guzmán

Community, Democracy, and Dialogue Talk: "I Never Thought of It That Way" with Mónica Guzmán

Journalist Mónica Guzmán is the loving liberal daughter of Mexican immigrants who voted—twice—for Donald Trump. When the country could no longer see straight across the political divide, Mónica set out to find what was blinding us and discovered the most eye-opening tool we're not using: our own built-in curiosity.

Author and journalist Mónica Guzmán discussed her book, her work, and strategies for navigating our divided world with UMass students, faculty, and staff.

Guzmán is a bridge builder, journalist, and author who lives for great conversations sparked by curious questions. She is senior fellow for public practice at Braver Angels, author of I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times, host of A Braver Way podcast, and founder/CEO of Reclaim Curiosity. She was a 2019 fellow at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and a 2016 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Guzmán is the inaugural McGurn Fellow at the University of Florida, working with researchers at the UF College of Journalism and Communications and beyond to help better understand ways to employ techniques described in her book.

Sally Abed and Alon-Lee Green, leaders of Standing Together, at the March 6 event in the Student Union Ballroom

Standing Together: A Presentation and Open Discussion

As part of UMass Amherst’s Community, Democracy, and Dialogue (CDD) initiative, two representatives from the world-renowned Jewish-Arab grassroots organization Standing Together visited campus on Wednesday, March 6, to lead a presentation about their work in Israel and engage in a discussion with more than 300 attendees in the Student Union Ballroom.

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Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom: Presentation and Discussion

A conversation with SoSS President Roberta Elliott and Executive Director Tahija Vikalo to learn about the work of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom.

In 2010, a group of 12 Jewish and Muslim women gathered around a dining room table with the hope that, through learning about and with each other, they could build bridges of solidarity and understanding between their communities and together stem the rising tides of polarization and acts of religious-based hate. Thus, the Sisterhood movement was born.

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