The Civic Reflection Initiative (CRI) is a network of students trained in the skill of leading reflective conversation as a fundamental dimension of leadership and service, and dedicated to fostering the practice of civic reflection among Valparaiso University students, as well as faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and students at other colleges and universities.

WHAT IS CIVIC REFLECTION?

Discussions that use readings, images and video to engage people in deep, productive conversation about issues that impact their communities and work, as well as build bridges of understanding in the midst of differences.

WHAT IS THE CENTER FOR CIVIC REFLECTION?

The Center for Civic Reflection is a national resource center, housed in the Institute for Leadership and Service, supporting significant reflection through trainings, publications, and group conversations. Check out the Center for Civic Reflection website for resources, discussion plans, publications, and more, or email civic.reflection@valpo.edu for specific inquiries.

WHY SHOULD I BE PART OF THIS?

The ability to facilitate such conversations is a key leadership skill for those who want to work well with others to serve the common good.

  • Can CRI lead a discussion in my class or student organization? Yes! We will work with you to create a customized discussion plan. Contact us at civic.reflection@valpo.edu for details.
  • Can I be trained to become a CRI Facilitator? Yes! We will hold our next facilitator training in the spring semester. Contact us at civic.reflection@valpo.edu for details.
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