The Peace Frequency: Episode 10

Guest: Mark Brimhall-Vargas


Air Date: January 06, 2015

In this episode, Chief Diversity Officer & Associate Provost for Tufts University, Mark Brimhall-Vargas talks with us about the importance of ensuring diverse voices are heard in conflict or potential conflict settings. This includes extensive discussion about intergroup dialogue being used as a tool to ensure voices are heard. What is dialogue? What are different models of intergroup dialogue? How does one frame questions in a non-threatening manner?

Featured Quotes from the Show

“The university is very much a place that we are moving in a direction of needing to understand the breadth of diversity, but we can’t lose sight that race is a preeminent issue, and unless we get race right, we’re not going to get these other things right.”

“The goal is understanding and not convincing people. That when one enters a conversation in dialogue, the goal is not ‘I have to impress upon you, my truth and my understanding,’ but rather, ‘I’m going to really work hard to try and understand where you’re coming from.”

“Instead of saying things or having more statements, that in fact, it’s more that we’re asking questions and really paying attention to what we’re hearing as answers.”

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