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Civil Dialogue in Partisan Times

In a day and age where politics can take any form from protesting to posting, it can be hard for students to navigate the many, often divisive political situations they find themselves in. Though politics are certainly an important part of our curriculums, learning how to discuss politics civilly has not been. Now, many organizations are stepping up to fill this gap. In doing so, they are providing students and future generations alike with the tools necessary to navigate a polarized political scene while also paving a path to minimize the partisan division altogether.

This student-led program will empower students to face political conversations head on, with both confidence and courtesy. Coming from diverse perspectives, the speakers will model the very conversations they seek to instigate and will guide students in how to build the bridges we so desperately need.

Program lead Raquel Kunugi is a graduating senior in political science at the University of California Berkeley and an Education intern at The Commonwealth Club. Hailing from a rural, conservative town and a politically purple family, and now attending a famously liberal school, she has experienced the range of political beliefs and has made friends all along the political spectrum. She hopes this program will empower her fellow students to challenge themselves by challenging the growing norm of polarization.


Creating Citizens, The Commonwealth Club’s K-12 civics education initiative, is supported by the Koret Foundation.


Koret Foundation

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Mia Charity

Chief External Affairs Officer, Close Up Foundation

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Justine Lee

Executive Director, Living Room Conversations

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John Wood, Jr.

National Ambassador, Braver Angels

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Alice Siu

Associate Director, Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University—Moderator