Diverse Books & Open Conversations
Community Agreements (Adapted from U.W. Bothell’s Community Agreements)
A goal of Diverse Books & Open Conversations is to build community through a common intellectual experience. During times of political division and unrest, libraries continue to provide tools for advancing and creating knowledge, fostering critical thinking and evidence-based arguments, and promoting reasoned dialog.
In this, we agree to:
BE: Be present. Be open to new forms of knowledge.
SPEAK: Speak from your own experiences. Don’t speak for others even if you share the same identity.
LISTEN: Listen respectfully and intently to other perspectives. Let people finish sentences before responding.
RESPOND: Respond to what has been said, not the person saying it.
DIALOGUE: Hold space for dialogue instead of debate. It’s not about winning an argument.
COMMUNICATE: Challenge yourself to communicate in new ways.
EXPECTATIONS: Expect and accept discomfort and non-closure. Allow feelings to emerge in yourself and others without trying to “fix” them.
CONFIDENTIALITY: Respect confidentiality. Personal information/comments should not be shared outside the space.
PROCESS: Grant yourself and others permission to express ideas and thoughts imperfectly.