Facilitate EMPOWERING Discussions


Addressing barriers and concerns in a space that limits conflict or potentially threatening actions or ideas, opens opportunities for understanding. Learn more about how to foster conversations that lead to action.


Libraries Transforming Communities has provided an interactive workbook to help facilitators create effective community conversations. The workbook provides detailed information on the necessary steps and logistics to consider when organizing community forums, as well as suggestions for facilitating challenging dialogues.

  • Topic: Value of community conversations
  • Audience: Academic, Community, Workplace
  • Purpose: Strengthen librarians roles are community leaders.

RING Garden has provided a concise and easy-to-navigate guide that covers both the facilitation and the organization of a community meeting. RING Garden’s guide allows the reader to understand the complex but manageable process of planning and implementing a community meeting.

  • Topic: Logistics of community meetings
  • Audience: Community
  • Purpose: Provide to-do list for organizing a public meeting.

The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University has provided a step-by-step guide for effectively facilitating group discussions. This guide addresses the role discussion leaders play, and also outlines the do's, the don'ts they should abide by, as well as the potential problems they will face.

  • Topic: General group discussions
  • Audience: Academic, Community, Workplace
  • Purpose: Provide best practices for facilitating discussions.

Everyday Democracy has provided a compilation of 7 crucial tips for discussion facilitation, with an emphasis on community-police relations. In this set of tips, they make sure to highlight the role race plays in this type of discussion.

  • Topic: Community-police relations
  • Audience: Community, Workplace
  • Purpose: Build transparent and stable relationship between communities of color and police forces.

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. Access helpful resources on how to promote racial healing through discussion, action, and proximity-building.

  • Topic: Community Healing
  • Audience: Academic, Community, Workplace
  • Purpose: Multi-purpose resources to facilitate discussion and action for racial healing.


Through the Book Buzz program, the Utah State Library Division and Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs have partnered together to bring a series of twelve books to unpack race, facilitate conversation, and shape greater consciousness. These literary works have been selected to celebrate Black literature and narratives and to honor the immense diversity of their experiences.

  • Topic: Race Relations and Black Narratives
  • Audience: Academic, Community, Workplace, Organization
  • Purpose: Inspire brave dialogue that can lead to collective action towards inclusive and healing spaces.