Reconciliation, Civil Discourse and Right Relationships: The Path to Social Justice
Fall Quarter 2013: Oct. 9 – Dec. 18
Wednesdays, 4 – 6:30pm
Credits: 3 – 4
Adjunct Faculty: Ron Harris-White
Employing student/teacher collaborative learning methods, this course intends to create an understanding and a skill set in addressing human conflict in its many forms: conflicts between individuals and communities: religious, racial and national. Students will explore the notion of forgiveness, civil discourse, and collaborative relationship as a path to social justice, environmental justice and spiritual (creative) nourishment. Exploration will include storytelling as a way of understanding and forgiving the “other.” The course intends to answer the following questions:
- Can apology be the path for sustainable changes in the relations between humans who have committed offenses against others?
- Can we effectively forgive?
- Can civil discourse lead to effective decision-making?
- Can the spirit of democracy prevail?
Ron Harris-White, MPA, Baruch College; MA, Seattle University; BA, Hunter College. For nearly fifteen years and three Seattle mayoral administrations, Ron Harris-White has been a strategic advisor for the City of Seattle. His areas of expertise include leadership, performance, policy, environment, communications and social justice. For the past few years, Ron’s assignments have included the City of Seattle’s grassroots climate action campaign, combined charities campaigns, paperless office campaign and the development of Seattle’s Race & Social Justice Initiative. Ron has more than twenty years of professional experience in policy, public relations, local government relations, and strategic planning.