Virtual Toolkit

The Divided Community Project’s Virtual Toolkit webpage is a work-in-progress.

Guides

The following guides are currently available in PDF Format.  In Summer 2020, these resources will be available online as step-by-step guides for use in communities, on campus, and in the classroom.  The step-by-step guides will include text and video snippets.

For community leaders and dispute resolution professors:

For campus leaders and dispute resolution professors:

For teachers and community members:

Case Studies

Rochester’s Community Response Team

Study 1 illustrates the work of the Rochester Community Response Team, an effort launched through the work of a local dispute resolution center and a local newspaper, which began developing plans for a collective community response to civil unrest.

Orlando Speaks

Study 2 describes Orlando Speaks, a new approach to police-community dialogue developed through a partnership between the City of Orlando, the Orlando Police Department, and Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute.

Strengthening Communities Project

Study 3 discusses the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center’s Strengthening Communities Project, convened by a non-profit dispute resolution center in San Mateo County, California.

Columbus Community Trust

Study 4 highlights the work of the volunteer Columbus Community Trust, convened with support from the Columbus Bar Association and the John Mercer Langston Bar Association, with support from the local U.S. Attorney’s office.

Unity in the Community-San Leandro

Study 5 describes Unity in the Community-San Leandro, a group of San Leandro (California) volunteers who convened in response to a series of local hate incidents.

Cards

Designed as an easy reference point for community leaders:

Simulations

For Community Leaders

The Midland Simulation.  Used with hundreds of civic leaders and students across the country, the simulation focuses leaders on strategies for broad-based community planning efforts, while giving students the chance to enhance leadership skills during crisis.  Here are the simulation’s Midland General Facts.

The following documents are available upon request (they contain confidential information) to DCP Deputy Director Bill Froehlich (froehlich.28@osu.edu):

  • Facilitator Instructions for working with community leaders
  • Facilitator Instructions for working with students
  • The complete simulation, including all confidential roles, “injects” and a corresponding powerpoint

In this video, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther describes his experience with the simulation.

The New Lake Simulation. Modeled after Midland, New Lake has been used with law student at OSU’s Moritz College of Law.  Here are the simulation’s general facts.

The following documents are available upon request (they contain confidential information) to DCP Deputy Director Bill Froehlich (froehlich.28@osu.edu):

  • Facilitator Instructions
  • The complete simulation, including all confidential roles, and a powerpoint to use with the simulation
For Campus Leaders

The Springton University SimulationSprington University was designed to simulate division on campus.  Designed and tested in 2020 at the Moritz College of Law, DCP intends to use Springton University with campus and university leaders at upcoming events.  The general facts are available here.

The following documents are available upon request (they contain confidential information) to DCP Deputy Director Bill Froehlich (froehlich.28@osu.edu):

  • Facilitator Instructions for working with community leaders
  • Facilitator Instructions for working with students
  • Facilitator Instructions for working online
  • The complete simulation, including all confidential roles, “injects” and a corresponding powerpoint

College and university leaders’ decisions and actions can be pivotal during this period of polarization in our public national life and increasing campus conflicts and divisive incidents. With much at stake, preparation is vital to making wise choices in the immediate aftermath of a divisive incident or conflict. Wayne Maines, Vice President, Safety and Operations, Austin Community College, explained that he uses examples of campus conflict or crisis from another institution to engage everyone in the regular cabinet meeting in a 10-minute “what if ” scenario where they are asked to talk about how they would respond if confronted with similar facts. The practice of regularly talking about how they would respond has helped clarify roles, identify areas of need, and improve crisis preparedness.

The Divided Community Project has created several short hypothetical fact patterns that anyone can use available here.

Community members fill a listening session hosted by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Chief of Police Janeé Harteau at the Minneapolis Urban League following the officer-involved shooting of Jamar Clark on November 15, 2015.
Photo: Tony Webster
tony@tonywebster.com

Academy Facilitation Guide

A guide for hosting a three-day training “Academy” for community leaders.  This guide includes links to documents, surveys and materials used at DCP’s Academy Initiative events.