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Loyola University New Orleans Hosts Rotary Leadership Dialogue for Peace

Loyola press release - October 22, 2018

As the city of New Orleans celebrates its tricentennial year, Rotary International and the France Inter-Country Committee host a Leadership Dialogue for Peace Forum designed to advance cultural exchanges, conflict resolution techniques, and the sharing of ideas among students. The international student peace forum to be held at Loyola University New Orleans will include presentations by University President Tania Tetlow, Consul Générale de France Vincent Sciama, and French and American district governors of Rotary District 6840, among others, and include recognition of the Seven Flags of the Tricentennial exhibition created by Loyola Honors students and hosted this year at the U.S. Mint.

“In our increasingly divided world, both the Rotary Club and Loyola University represent a proud tradition of encouraging young people to listen to opposing points of view and come together to solve problems,” said University President Tania Tetlow. “We are very proud to host the Leadership Dialogue for Peace Forum.”

The forum will be held Oct. 25-27, 2018 at the Danna Student Center on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Free parking is available in West Road Garage. All are welcome. A reception will be held Thursday, October 25, in the Audubon Room, and a dinner will follow the Forum from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday evening, October 27, in the St. Charles Room. Both the dinner and reception are invitation-only events - media may attend.

The Rotary International-France Inter-Country Committee has invited students enrolled in graduate programs in France and upper-level undergraduate and graduate programs in the U.S. to apply and participate. Travel, accommodations and meals will be provided for chosen applicants. French candidates will arrive three days early for cultural exchange activities. The Leadership Dialogue for Peace Conference is hosted by Rotary District 6840 and facilitated through the efforts of the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center and Loyola University New Orleans.

The Rotary Leadership Dialogue for Peace enables experiential and substantive dialogue among participants. Through dynamic facilitation techniques, participants come to understand other people’s perspectives and unique experiences. They gain insights into the drivers of different points of view.

Throughout the process, participants consider: What are the underlying values of a person’s viewpoint? Do we have shared values? If we have shared values, can this be a starting place for common ground and collaboration? This model process for dialogue was architected by Rotary Peace Fellows with the goal of decreasing polarization in the nation. A simulation in conflict resolution will also occur so participants can put their learned skills into practice, and key concepts in the economics of peace will be explored.

Click here to see the opening session agenda.

Click here to see the dinner program.

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