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The Kansas Leadership Center is excited to announce a new alumni engagement initiative focused on holding thoughtful conversations on tough issues. KLC needs your help to initiate these conversations across the state. Our goal is to have 100 conversations hosted by KLC alumni each year.

Our current selected topic: Guns and public safety. The topic for 2017-18 was the  relationship between law enforcement and communities of color, and conversations related to that topic are continuing.

How does it work?

  • We are asking KLC alumni to host a small group gathering (4 to 8 people) in their community. This will follow a guided, small group process.
  • To generate discussion, KLC has developed ressources based on stories told by Kansans based on their experiences.
  • Don’t worry about your facilitation experience. This process was designed for anyone to use.
  • You can host a discussion with a group you are familiar with, or KLC can assist you in hosting a conversation by communicating to alumni in your area.

Why discuss issues?

  • We know tough issues require learning and diagnosis for individuals to make progress.
  • The process will help individuals practice the important skill of surfacing points of view that aren’t their own. Holding multiple points of views gives us more options to move forward.

How can you participate? Follow these three steps:

  • Invite a small group from your area to participate in the discussion. Groups of 4-8 are ideal.
  • Use the discussion guide and illustration to get the conversation going.
  • Let us know how it went. Please fill out this short survey.

Do you have questions or want more information? Contact Shaun Rojas at or 316-712-4958.

Resources from the 2017-18 Discussion: The Relationship between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color

Download the discussion guide

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