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Skillful Engagement: Engaging Across Differences

SFU Public Square, SFU Lifelong Learning & SFU Centre for Dialogue Civic Engage Program

Thursday, 21 April 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

Skillful Engagement: Engaging Across Differences

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Government/Private Professional Ended $50.00 $3.60
Non-profit/Student Practitioner Ended $25.00 $2.11

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Engaging Across Differences with Natasha Aruliah and Suzanne Hawkes

Getting the right people ‘to the table’ through effective, truly inclusive stakeholder engagement is one of the biggest challenges facing planners, policy-makers and organizational change-makers today.  Without a diversity of perspectives, shaped by people with different experiences and backgrounds, engagement efforts are far less likely to lead to innovative, durable or even relevant solutions.

But often, the most important stakeholders in a democratic engagement effort can be the most difficult to reach.  In an era where people are overwhelmed for demands for their time and attention, how can we reduce or eliminate barriers to participation? And how do we do so particularly when those barriers connect to differences such as language, immigration status, ability, age, race, class, sexual orientation or gender identity?

In this 3-hour workshop – part of the Skillful Engagement Series – engagement professionals will learn about the key, practical questions to ask at the outset of any skillful engagement initiative, particularly with respect to stakeholders who may face multiple barriers to full participation. Facilitators Natasha Aruliah and Suzanne Hawkes will share several brief case studies and best practices and draw on the wisdom and specific challenges of participants in a rich, highly interactive dialogue.  



Thursday, April 21 2016 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM



SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts - World Art Centre
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC


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Natasha Aruliah

Natasha Aruliah, is a counsellor, facilitator, educator and consultant with over 20 years’ experience working in diversity, equity, social justice and intercultural studies across the UK, Canada, the USA and internationally.  Her work has focused on the areas of education, healthcare, public sector and community services, with individuals and organisations interested in systemic change.  It incorporates intercultural competence, emotional intelligence, critical thinking and organisational change, and in particular explores power and privilege.  She strives to create spaces for all voices to be brought in and supports dialogue across difference and on topics that are usually avoided, taboo and challenging.  Her work included a provincial initiative facilitating community dialogues on race around the province.  Natasha also teaches at the Centre for Intercultural Communication at UBC, at the Justice Institute of BC and is a founding member and facilitator for the Inner Activist, a leadership development program aimed specifically at social change agents.


Suzanne Hawkes

Suzanne Hawkes is a facilitator, management consultant and leadership trainer. She has supported stakeholder engagement, dialogue, organizational planning and change initiatives across the US and Canada for over 20 years. She is a principal with Convergence Strategies, based in Vancouver, an associate with InPartnership Consulting, and the sole Canadian trainer with the internationally renowned Rockwood Leadership Institute, both based in the U.S. She is a facilitator with Simon Fraser University’s Public Square.  Suzanne entered the facilitation and organizational effectiveness field through an initial focus on multi-stakeholder perspectives in natural resource planning.  Suzanne has an Honour’s Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, and a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University; both degrees focused on indigenous and community-led resource planning. Her clients include the Planning Institute of BC, Vancouver Coastal Health, Wellstone Action, the City of Surrey, Town of Smithers, Push International Performing Arts Festival, Emily Carr University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Clean Energy Canada, and the David Suzuki Foundation. 

Have questions about Skillful Engagement: Engaging Across Differences? Contact SFU Public Square, SFU Lifelong Learning & SFU Centre for Dialogue Civic Engage Program

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World Art Centre - SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

Thursday, 21 April 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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