The Detroit Center for Civil Discourse
seeks to establish a culture which
welcomes, encourages, and nurtures deep
civic relationships between a diverse
group of people with differing points of
view through respectful and friendly
shared study and mutually impactful

The Detroit Center for Civil Discourse’s
headlining project for 2019-2020 is the
Wayne State University Student
Fellowship. The 2019-2020 cohort
consists of 20 students, mostly of the
Muslim and Jewish faiths. Their work is
to practice some philosophy and
techniques of civil discourse in order to
establish strong civic skills which will
help them foster interpersonal
relationships, and enable them to hear
and understand alternative viewpoints,
while opening a window of opportunity
for new, creative, and collaborative

Examples of our Sessions

Cultural Humility

Aja Burks, LMSW and instructor in the counseling education program at Wayne State University, presented time the fellows about the process of cultural humility. Cultural humility is the process of being mindful of our respective identities and how they shape our lives and those of others.

Tectonic Leadership

Brenda Rosenberg and Samia Bahsoun, creators of Tectonic Leadership, presented a 4 step process on dialogue. It specifically acknowledges and uses the tension in conflict to employ listening and empathy in trying to understand those with whom we disagree.

Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

DCCD Associate Director Prof. Saeed Khan and Dr. Howie Lupovitch presented on the histories and modern implications of Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism.