I now have a certificate! (Not quite sure what this means...)
I recently received in the mail my Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement from SFU. I'm a little proud of this certificate, since I put a quite a bit of work into getting it. It's not a professional certification in anything. But it is meaningful.
I've written about SFU's dialogue programs before. I found the whole program immensely rewarding and educational. Having the knowledge and skills to convene dialogue and engagement events is very useful to me in my activism. One of my driving passions is to do what I can to build a stronger animal rights community through events that bring people together to share and discuss ideas and projects.
So far, I've worked on Animal Advocacy Camp and two other animal rights dialogues, with 3 more scheduled for later this year. One of them, "What is our message," will be a very challenging and ultimately, I think, very rewarding discussion. I'm also a bit nervous about convening and attempting to facilitate this discussion.
If you are interested in signing up for the certificate program yourself, they are still accepting applications and they still have some scholarships available. If you are interested, they ask that you apply by August 13.
If you have any questions about my experience with this program, feel free to get in touch. I'd be more than happy to chat about it with you.