Community Circles

Proactive approaches such as community circles create a space for participants with varying values, experiences, and backgrounds to have a conversation that centers on storytelling, listening, and empathy to increase their understanding of one another. Here are our offerings for proactive approaches: 

Community Building Circle: Strengthen group cohesion among community members that are newly formed groups or existing groups.

Community of Practice Circle: A space for trained restorative justice facilitators to connect, find support, and share best practices to create a culture that fosters mutual respect, empathy, and trust.

RJ in the Lab: A program designed specifically for research labs that wish to build and nourish an inclusive working environment (external link).

Who are community circles for? 

Community circles work best for groups, teams, classes, departments, or units interested in incorporating a community-building activity that promotes a sense of belonging for its members. Community circles can be implemented as stand-alone events or integrated into an existing program, training, or team-building event.  

  • Newly-formed groups: Holding a community circle with a group of people who do not yet know each other well, such as a new cohort of students or a newly formed research team, can help the group start on the right foot.
  • Existing groups: Holding a community circle for a group that has been together for a while can strengthen trust, show support, and instill a fresh sense of camaraderie.

How can I request one? 

All of our circle offerings are adaptable to the specific needs of the individuals and groups involved. Please complete a circle request form if you are interested in arranging a facilitated circle for your community, and we will schedule a consultation meeting to discuss your request.

Request a community circle

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