NASPA
2021 NASPA Virtual Conference

Community Circles - Call for Facilitators

Apply to be a Community Circle Facilitator - Deadline December 11th

The Conference Leadership Committee is thrilled to announce its newest programmatic addition for this year’s NASPA 2021 Virtual Conference: Community Dialogue Series and Community Circles! Please take some time to read the blog about this new set of events.

This year’s conference will feature four larger Community Dialogue Series sessions intended to engage participants in prevalent topics in Student Affairs. These are our four focus areas of the conference. Community Dialogue Series sessions will be followed by small-group dialogue sessions entitled Community Circles. The purpose of the Community Circles are to allow participants a more intimate space to engage in a critical and action-oriented dialogue on selected topics that branch out from the larger speaker series. By using Freire’s Culture Circle model, the Community Circle participants will derive inspiration on the shared knowledge and push for innovation and change

Dialogue is so important to move the student affairs profession forward in these challenging times. The 2021 Community Dialogues and Community Circles will be based on the four conference focus areas:

  • (Re)Constructing the Community Climate
  • Supporting the Professional Life Cycle
  • Responding to Students' Changing Needs
  • Prioritizing a Sustainable Future

Following each of these Community Dialogues Speaker Series, the CLC will hold Community Circles to discuss the topics in smaller sessions to extend the dialogue and ensure that we can continue the conversation with each other. Please see the next section for the Community Circle and the role of the Community Circle Facilitator.

Applications are now open to apply as a Community Circle facilitator! We need your expertise and facilitating skills from various paradigmatic approaches to make these successful and beneficial to participants and the association. Consider applying and encouraging others you know to apply between now and December 11th.

APPLY TODAY!

If you have any questions regarding the reviewer process, please don't hesitate to contact us at ACprograms@naspa.org.

Community Circles

Community Circles are small-group dialogue sessions that will follow the large-group sessions entitled Community Dialogue Speaker Series. The purpose of the Community Circles are to allow participants a more intimate space to engage in a critical dialogue on selected topics that branch out from the larger speaker series. By using Freire’s Culture Circle model, the Community Circle participants will derive inspiration on the shared knowledge and push for innovation and change. The role of the Community Circle facilitators is to guide a conversation that draws upon participant experiences and utilizes a problem-posing approach to meaningfully engage in action-oriented dialogue. 

Using the Freirian concept of Culture Circles, each facilitator should guide the conversation in a way where the facilitator and participants are collaborative teachers and learners.

The facilitator should seek to raise consciousness on critical issues in higher education in line with the four conference theme focus areas ( (Re)Constructing the Community Climate, Supporting the Professional Life Cycle, Responding to Students' Changing Needs, Prioritizing an Innovative and Sustainable Future)

The facilitator should guide the participants through problem-posing: asking questions/posing problems that allow participants to do a deep-dive on the topic of the circle and one that allows both participants and facilitators to be co-investigators.

Problem-posing education also draws on the participant’s lived experiences and past knowledge in creating/generating new ideas/content/knowledge. Facilitators should strive to create an open, non-biased environment for collaborative learning. 

Facilitators should craft open-ended questions and activities necessary to guide the discussion toward ideas for action, holding us as individuals, our institutions, and our association accountable in this work.