Zuniga at Aspen Institute civil discourse meeting

Ximena Zúñiga, social justice education, participated in an Aspen Institute’s meeting “Civil Discourse in a Fractured Age” on November 7-8, in Washington D.C. Organized by the Aspen Institutes’ Youth and Engagement Programs, the generative meeting involved leading scholars, technology experts and practitioners in youth civic engagement. Topics discussed in the meeting included conveying civil discourse through stories, how technology and media shape experiences within civil discourse, how young people engage in civil discourse.

Zuniga participated in a facilitated discussion titled “What Do We Know About Young People’s Abilities to Engage Effectively in Civil Discourse? How Prosocial Development and Powerful PedagogiesImpact Youth’s Abilities to Learn Effective Civil Discourse. Discussants also included College of Education alumna Lee Anne Bell.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.

Zúñiga is a nationally-known leader of diversity education and critical approaches to dialogue across differences in higher education. She is co-editor of Multicultural Teaching in the University (Praeger, 1993) and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge, 2001; 2010; 2013) and co-author of Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education: Meaningful Learning About Social Justice (2007), Dialogues Across Differences (Russell Sage, 2013) and Engaging Identity, Difference and Social Justice (Routledge, 2014). She teaches foundation courses in social justice education for graduate students and a multi-section intergroup dialogue undergraduate course called “Exploring Social and Cultural Differences and Commonalities.” She consults regularly with colleges and universities interested in fostering inclusive pedagogies and intergroup dialogue practices on college campuses.

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