For several years, MMC has hosted an ongoing series of live and virtual bi-lingual Community Conversations. The aim is to foster new relationships, share perspectives and build a stronger sense of shared community.
Our Community Conversations are modeled after Restorative Community-Building Circles. Participants meet in small groups, each accompanied by a Spanish-language interpreter. An MMC volunteer trained in Restorative Justice practices facilitates the discussion, enabling everyone to listen and to share their experiences and insights. Some conversations are preceded by a brief panel discussion to provide background information and current research/data to help frame the discussion. However, in these Community Conversations there are no “experts.” Each participant’s lived experience has equal value and adds to the richness and diversity of the discussion.