ELP 2.0

The first ELP initiative was a three-year effort designed by Middlebury faculty, staff, and students and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Almost 60 faculty and a dozen staff were trained in dialogic practices.

This effort inspired the new Conflict Transformation (CT) Collaborative launched at Middlebury in 2022. Conflict transformation is the study and practice of moving from destructive binaries of high conflict to constructive engagements across difference. Across many different approaches in conflict transformation (restorative practices, mindfulness, mediation, dialogic practices, intercultural competence), listening is a foundational skill.

Starting in Spring 2023, ELP 2.0 expands and adapts the cohort-based model of professional development to support listening and dialogue across difference. As before, this is a faculty-designed and faculty-led effort. A new group of colleagues have been developing their skills as facilitators to lead these cohorts: Michole Biancosino (THEA), Florence Feiereisen (GRMN), Sebnem Gumuscu (PSCI), Will Nash (AMST), Rob Moeller (PSYC), Nic Poppe (SPAN), Shawna Shapiro (WRPR), and Lida Winfield (DANC).

Faculty and student-facing staff are invited to apply to these ELP 2.0 cohorts. Participants will each receive a $3,000 stipend for the semester. The terms of participation are as follows:

  • agree to attend a two-day opening workshop before the start of the semester (August or January)
  • agree to attend two hour meetings roughly every other week
  • identify a “site of practice” in which to develop listening and dialogue
  • agree to experiment with new approaches at that site (in a lab, a course, student advising, etc.)

Applications for the Spring 2023 cohort are due by Monday, November 14th at 5 pm. The application form is available here. You can preview the questions by clicking here to download a PDF copy.