Community Agreements

Checking Privilege, Sharing Space, Sharing Power

  • Confidentiality. Do not share what is said in this session without permission of the group or individuals 
  • Make space, take space / Step up, step back. 
  • Impact and intent. Own your impact as much as your intent.

Creating Shared Understanding

  • Be an active listener. Practice active listening that is focused on listening instead of preparing your response. 
  • Check accuracy. Ask questions that check the accuracy of your assumptions.

Building Trust

  • Recognize when you are opening a sensitive discussion. Be aware and give a content warning if you are entering a sensitive or triggering topic. 
  • Ouch and educate in real time. State your feeling and explain (i.e. That feels hurtful because…). 
  • Don’t Yuck My Yum. When group members share their likes and dislikes, respect their personal opinions and preferences–do not shoot them down. 
  • Differ respectfully, knowing that respect does not equal politeness. 
  • Conflict happens and we require hard conversations. After a conflict is resolved we commit to revisit it and see how it might have been handled differently.

Hold each other accountable, both in the room and afterward.

  • Offer Ideas and Be Proposal Based. When criticizing other people’s work and ideas, don’t just shoot them down. Instead offer an idea or be proposal based.

Personal Growth

  • Emotions are okay – Probe what’s behind them instead of rushing past them (with self and with others) 
  • Be open and honest – Recognize that power dynamics may make it difficult for some to open up. 
  • Be present and minimize distractions.
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