The Community Conversations program was created with the belief that facilitated conversation engages a community better than rhetoric and argument.
“The Utah Conversations experience has deepened my capacity to engage in dialogue with a diverse group of strangers who are now friends. I savor the discussions which have always been engaging, but sometimes difficult. The experience helps me foster nuanced habits and skills of authentic conversation – listening first, allowing myself to be vulnerable with the group, letting go of my need to be right and balancing my urge to speak with a need to allow others to express themselves.” - Lynn Curtis, Utah Conversations Participant
Community Conversations Toolklits
Utah Humanities provides not-for-profit organizations with materials and resources to help host successful community conversations. Sponsoring organizations may apply for stipends of up to $200 to be used in conjunction with a UH Community Conversations Toolkit. We are actively looking to fund projects involving ethnic minorities, those from different political viewpoints, and rural communities.
Stipends are paid only to not-for profit organizations in Utah that:
• have applied at least 30 days prior to the discussion
• have been approved in writing by Utah Humanities
• have gathered at least six participants
• are able to provide a 1:1 match of cash or in-kind donations to the stipend
• submitted a final evaluation
Toolkits available now (more available in fall 2019):
Race and Diversity
Bridging Religious Divides
Have a suggestion for a future conversation toolkit? Let us know what topics you’d like to see by responding to this survey.
Community Conversations Event Support
Community Conversations Series