Leading Civil Discourse

August 14, 2020 | Webinar


How can we discuss important topics such as racial justice, politics, climate change, and more while creating a space of potential growth, safety, and mutual-respect? How can open dialogue move our teams, communities, and countries forward?

Especially at this vital time when it can be hard to talk about these topics, when division is all too common a default, and people are unsure how to engage creatively, this workshop will provide you with communication tools to make a difference in your communities. Civil discourse has the potential to facilitate real change in the world, but not if it involves censorship, political correctness, or inflexibility so as to add to the oppression of marginalized groups.

So what is civil discourse and how can we lead it?

In this workshop, join Be Social Change’s partner, the Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI), to understand the foundational elements of civil discourse between people with different viewpoints, how to support and foster multicultural spaces, and methods and strategies to lead productive dialogues in any setting. Learn, discuss, share, and leave with tools that create supportive and authentic experiences for all people.

About GYLI:
Our mission is to deliver transformative educational programs that foster global pluralism, collaborative leadership, and environmental care, helping students and teachers become fully engaged citizens of the world.

  1. Collaborative Leadership: Learn to work as a community, using shared experiences to reach the desired goal.
  2. Environmental Sustainability: We promote environmental stewardship in hopes that students and teachers will learn about their contributions to natural systems.
  3. Multicultural Identity: Create a comfortable space, understanding of each individual’s color, culture, class, character, and context.
  4. Religious Pluralism: It is favorable to establish a safe space for those of diverse religious practices in order to work together.

*Be Social Change Members get 50% off this workshop! Become a member for $5 a month or $49 a year.


Matt Nink
Matt Nink

Matt has been the Executive Director of Global Youth Leadership Institute since 2005. During that time Matt has developed GYLI into a national leader in creating and evaluating dynamic programs for students and teachers that promote community building and global pluralism. He has presented to k-12 schools, conferences, corporations, and universities throughout the USA, as well as in Costa Rica, Panama, India, Nigeria, and the Dominican Republic. He has created engaging curriculum and measurement tools that have received national attention and focus on GYLI’s four pillars: collaborative leadership, multicultural identity, religious pluralism, and environmental sustainability.

Matt is also active in the Milwaukee Education community, serving on the board of a private school, and as a volunteer network leader for the Milwaukee Succeeds initiative. Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Boston College and a Master’s degree in English Literature from Northern Illinois University. He lives in suburban Milwaukee with his wife and their four children.

Erin English
Erin English

Erin is the Director of Operations of the Stuart Center for Global Leadership and Global Youth Leadership Institute. Working closely with Matt Nink and the Stuart Center team, she manages global leadership programs at Lake Forest Academy as well as GYLI.

She holds a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from West Virginia University.

When not working in the Stuart Center, she enjoys spending time with her family, taking long walks in nature, and writing her second book after her debut teen fiction Life is ____.

Roxanne Kruger
Roxanne Kruger

Roxanne joined the GYLI community in 2019. She holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from American University and a Bachelor’s degree from Carthage College where she studied Spanish, Public Relations, and Dance. Roxanne has taught English in Mexico and Honduras and has traveled to countries in Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Throughout high school and college, she was able to participate in many experiential learning trips that in turn inspired her to pursue her degrees as well as a profession that allows others to find growth through exposure to new countries, cultures, and ideas. She’s excited to apply her passion for education and travel as a Program Coordinator with the Stuart Center for Global Leadership and the Global Youth Leadership Institute. She believes that the unique programs offered through GYLI enhance a student’s confidence, allowing them to reflect on their own passions and leadership capabilities.

Workshop Schedule

August 14th, 2020

11:55 am
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12:00 pm

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2:00 pm

Workshop Ends



$5 a month or $49 a year

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  • 25% off all advanced workshops
  • 25% off online courses
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