Chemeketa brings “Better Angels” to Salem

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On Tuesday, November 5, Chemeketa hosted the first Better Angels event in Salem. Over 50 staff, students and community members came together on Salem Campus to learn skills designed to help heal the political divide that is polarizing our nation. According to Cynthia O’Brien, Oregon coordinator for the nationwide nonprofit Better Angels organization, “this was an amazing start and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Chemeketa to bring our community together!”

The training was so well received that two additional trainings have been scheduled. First, on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 am-12:30 pm, there will be another “Skills Workshop: Talking Across the Political Divide,” for those wanting to learn and practice how to have productive conversations. With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a great way to prepare for that challenging relative or learn how to not be that guy. Staff can sign up for CRN 42996.

A different, more in depth workshop will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 am- 5 pm on the Salem Campus. This “Red/Blue” workshop, originated in the aftermath of the 2016 election, has made Better Angels well known nationally for bringing people from opposite sides of the political divide together. During the workshop, an equal number of participants from each side are lead through a series of exercises by experienced moderators. Participants learn about each other, and build understanding and respect. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, contact Mike Evans at mike.evans@chemeketa.edu.