Erin Oeth is a community practitioner and consultant equipping communities with the tools they need to navigate conflict, address important issues, and bridge divides with others through democratic processes and skill building. She has served on national teams framing public issues and has co-authored recent guides on policy around free speech, racism and the university, and divisiveness within the church. She facilitates skill workshops and guides communities through naming & framing issues, concern gathering, and deliberative facilitation to get communities unstuck and moving forward together. Building her expertise at the intersection of the community and university, she has previously led community engagement efforts at the University of Mississippi, Baylor University and Columbia College (SC). She holds a B.A. degree in Religion/ Philosophy from Presbyterian College and a M.Ed. degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina.
About Dialogue and Deliberation
Dialogue and Deliberation are innovative processes that help people come together across differences to tackle challenging problems and conversations. In a time of extreme political partisanship and increased conflict between religious and ethnic groups, teaching, spreading, and supporting the skills of Dialogue and Deliberation are vital (National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation).
NASPA’s Project Page "Issue Guides for Deliberative Dialogue" includes our first and second issue guides in partnership with the Kettering Foundation, on Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus and Fraternity and Sorority Life along with resources to train moderators on how to conduct a forum so that every sector across the higher education community may participate. NASPA’s issue guide can be used for dialogue between students and practitioners, and cross-functionally across different departments and levels of leadership as well. Institutions that conduct a forum with the guide should make sure to fill out a program evaluation to ensure proper assessment of the tool and to inform future research. Please visit the project page linked above for more!
About the Kettering Foundation
The Kettering Foundation is a research institution invested in developing thought leadership through learning exchanges, to help answer the Foundation’s primary question: What does it take to make democracy work as it should?