Facilitating for Difference: Facilitation Awareness and Strategies for Engaging with Community Leaders to Find Common Ground

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Trainer: José González, Founder & Director Emeritus of Latino Outdoors


Our work to “engage more diverse communities” includes engaging with urban design professionals who greatly influence how well urban forests are integrated into urban landscapes as well as with communities representing diverse classes, races, and ethnicities. This engagement requires us to constantly assess and evaluate how our approaches Acknowledge Difference, Celebrate and Value Difference, and Engage with Difference – in order to find common ground on values and desired outcomes.

This includes a critical and maybe even uncomfortable look at how traditional facilitation and workshop spaces reinforce exclusion or value a dominant narrative that does not “see” the value and contributions of other ways of knowing and being -- approaches which are important to recognize as we work to create more inclusive and equitable spaces, find common ground, and build stronger neighborhoods, both physically and socially.

Join us for a frontloading workshop and conversation to introduce and engage with facilitation strategies for more inclusive engagement sessions.

Space is limited! We are accepting approximately 25 participants per session.

Cost: $20 - to cover the cost of coffee and lunch.

Select the session most convenient for you. We’re offering two sessions in LA, because we hope organizations from San Diego and the Inland Empire will be able to attend, thus we need an extra session.


El Pueblo in LA: Monday, July 9, 10am - 2pm

El Pueblo in LA: Tuesday, July 10, 10am - 2pm

Fresno State University: Wednesday, July 11, 10am - 2pm

Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department in Oakland: Thursday, July 12, 10am - 2pm

Driving Directions:

El Pueblo in Downtown LA
Biscailuz Building
2nd Floor Conference Room 125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Public Transportation -

For those taking public transportation, El Pueblo Historical Monument is directly across the street from Union Station, LA's main transportation hub. Light rail connections to the Gold Line, Red Line, Purple Line, LAX Flyaway, Dodger Stadium Express, Uber, Lyft, taxis, and local DASH bus are all located at Union Station, 834 North Alameda Street, LA CA 90012.

Parking – Several lots around El Pueblo

Fresno State University

Center for Irrigation Technology

5370 N Chestnut Avenue

Fresno, CA 93740

Driving Directions: Take Shaw Ave exit on Freeway 168. Exit Freeway 99 at freeway 180 - go east to Freeway 168.

Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department in Oakland

The Landscape Horticulture Department is located on the northwestern end of the Merritt College campus, up the road (Margie lane) from the Children’s Center and across from the tennis courts. Use the northerly loop road entrance into the campus and then take an immediate left. The gate will open automatically when you drive up to it during our regular hours. . Drive through the gate and park there. Here is a map for more information.

If it does not open during regularly scheduled class time, please notify us at (510) 436-2418 (office) or 436-2491 (field office).