Learning to Host

The tools and trainings listed below are meant for those wanting to move to the next level and host difficult conversations, or at least understand more about how these processes work. For example, What are pieces needed to begin a restorative justice process and how can you determine if a situation is appropriate for restoration? What is deliberation and how can it bring effective results? How might one organize and host a dialogue?

Group of individuals engaging in deliberation at a CRI training

Hosting typically has two roles, although some may play both: convening, and facilitating. A convener hosts the meeting, providing a neutral space.  In some cases this person or group already has a status in the community as an impartial or multipartial host.  A facilitator plans the process and agenda (with input), and runs the meeting, and sometimes is tasked with producing some sort of output – an action plan, a plan for future meetings, a report, etc. A common task - producing a neutral source of data for group consideration – is a role that can be played by either the convener and/or facilitator. 

Group of individuals engaging in dialogue at a CRI training

Trainings are offered throughout the year at scheduled times. Our upcoming trainings will be posted here, and past trainings are listed below.

Dialogue facilitation training flyer

2024 Dialogue Facilitation Training (February 24-25). Open to DU faculty, staff, and students. 






2022 Day of DialogUe (April 9), held on DU campus from 9am - 3pm. Open to DU community. More information and registration details available here.

Moderating Deliberative Discussions (February 17, 2022) held virtually. Register here

2022 Restorative Justice Facilitator Training (January 21st, 28th, and February 4th) held virtually. Register here. If you have not taken a prerequisite training (either Community Member Training or RJ 101/RJ Basics), you can register here (January 10th). 

People sitting in a circle doing a deliberation


For a deliberate, constructive conversation where the focus is a specific issue or policy question.

People sitting in a circle conducting a dialogue


If at the heart of what is needed is better ways of being in relationship with those of different perspectives and experiences. 

People sitting in a circle conducting restorative practices

Restorative Practices

If what is needed is improved understanding, accountability, and repair for a specific harm.