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FAC Planning & Hosting Community Conversations Feb 2024


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Full course description





Building relationships within your community takes time and intentional effort. That’s why dialogue is key to building a strong and inclusive community that serves all its members. Hosting community conversations is a critical component of strengthening community connections and building systemic change.



Successful community engagement is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Creating a positive impact in deaf communities requires knowledge and skills to facilitate conversations, invest in and strengthen relationships, and develop action plans that prioritize and centralize deaf people’s needs.



In Planning & Hosting Community Conversations, you will learn community-centered practices and leadership skills to make intentional and meaningful systemic change — from local grassroots initiatives to institutional transformation while partnering with deaf communities.



Learning Objectives:



By the end of this course, participants will possess the knowledge and skills to:


    • Identify and develop goals and strategies for conversations with key individuals within their local community

    • Identify key players for the planning team to host community conversations

    • Design potential action items and build in accountability

    • Examine strategies to strengthen authentic relationships and resource sharing to enhance and support changes in their community



Course Facilitators: This course will be facilitated by NDC staff and/or in partnership with seasoned professionals in the field.



Anticipated Time to Complete Course:



This facilitated course will require a 15-hour commitment over four weeks. Engagement will be primarily asynchronous, and there will be two (2) 2-hour Zoom meetings scheduled for the second and third weeks.



*Sign language interpreters and CART will be provided for each meeting. To request additional accommodations, please email



Dates: Please express your interest by signing up for our waiting list. We will contact you when we are ready to begin a new cohort.






To enter the next cohort, you must complete the following prerequisite modules before the beginning of the course:




Professional Development: This course is approved for 15 NDC Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Clock Hours.