Paul Gorski’s Guide for Setting Ground Rules

From Paul Gorski’s Multicultural Pavilion

“Whenever you hope to facilitate conversations on social justice concerns, whether preparing for a one-hour workshop or weaving such discussions into a year-long class, a vital first step is the development of guidelines for participation. These guidelines, often referred to as “ground rules” or “community norms,” should provide the community within a workshop or class a framework to ensure open, respectful dialogue and maximum participation.”


Designed for face to face groups, this guide to essential ground rules can still be applied to online work.

Although rule 7. Be conscious of body language… would only apply in synchronous video conferences, everything else on this list hits the mark. 


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