Difficult Dialogues Opportunity
for Spring 2012
Who is Eligible?
Students who have already taken a course from Professor Shawn Spano or Minna Holopainen that was based in SJSU’s Difficult or Diversity Dialogue Project (COMM 105P, 115P or 141P).
What are the Requirements?
Students who enroll in COMM 198 or 280 will assist Professors Spano Shawn.Spano@sjsu.edu and Holopainen Minna.Holopainen@sjsu.edu in training the students in his COMM 141P course to design and facilitate difficult dialogues on campus.
Specifically, this requires attending a half-day dialogue training on Friday, February 17, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, and at least one campus difficult dialogue event (date and time TBA). Depending whether you enroll for 1 or 2 units, additional activities will be required, including attending other campus dialogues and some of the COMM 141P class sessions (meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:15 pm).
Note: 1 unit of COMM 198 or 280 represents 40 hours of work; 2 units represent 80 hours.
How Do You Enroll?
Obtain a COMM 198 or 280 contract from Professor Spano or the Department of Communication office staff (HGH 108). Fill out the top part asking for you name, student ID#, etc.
In the middle section, indicate whether you want to sign up for 1 or 2 units for the “Research Project.”
In the bottom section, indicate that you will be under the supervision of Professor Shawn Spano, and that you propose this project:
Assist Professors Spano and Holopainen in designing a half-day dialogue training for COMM 141P students, and work as a trainer/facilitator for that session. Also assist in designing and facilitating at least one campus difficult dialogue.
Give a copy of the completed contact to Professor Spano for my signature. Then drop the contract off at the Communication Studies main office (HGH 108) for the Department Chair's signature and the add code.
Note: Complete all paperwork by Thursday, February 9, to meet the add deadline of Monday, February 13.