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The 4C Initiative is the partnership between James Madison University's Institute for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue and the Fairfield Center in downtown Harrisonburg. The 4C Initiative acts primarily to train  passionate and impartial facilitators who are available to meet needs for designing and facilitating productive conversations on challenging and often value-laden issues on campus and in the community.

The 4C Mission is to advocate for, create spaces for, and facilitate the kinds of public conversations that allow communities and organizations to move forward on tough issues.

Connecting with 4C

Community Groups and Organizations

If you have a need to bring together diverse individuals to grapple with a difficult issue, we can help. We will sit down and help you identify your needs, do some research about the issue and design a facilitated process that can help meet your needs, whether you need to promote understanding about an issue, encourage deliberation about various potential courses of action, or encourage grassroots action. 4C accepts donations for these services to cover materials, supplies, and the ongoing efforts of the initiative.

Gaining facilitator and process design skills

JMU students can become facilitators by enrolling in SCOM 447: Facilitating Public Engagement Processes taught each Fall. This three-credit course offers students theoretical foundations of dialogue and deliberation as well as hands on training and practice in facilitating community conversations.

Community members interested in becoming facilitators can contact the 4C staff about upcoming training sessions offered to build our community's capacity for productive talk. Training workshops are offered once a year.

4C at JMU Blog

Helping Young Leaders Become Skilled Facilitators
Tue, 4 Apr 2017 5:48 p.m. 
By Karan Deengar Last week, I nervously entered into my first facilitation this semester.  My role as facilitator was to help Make Your...

Advancements in Technology, Growth of an Affiliate: The Long-Term Partnership That Has Shaped Me Today
Mon, 3 Apr 2017 7:08 p.m. 
By R. Chase Dunn When I began my journey as a facilitator of public dialogue, my first professional facilitation was for the Virginia...

Setting The Example: Harrisonburg Strives to Be a Leader in Community Police Relations
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 4:46 p.m. 
by Erika Harrington When you look at our country’s current racial climate or the tensions between minorities and law enforcement,...

4C students join community to discuss Reducing Recidivism
Thu, 29 Oct 2015 7:58 p.m. 
In August, the Harrisonburg community came together to discuss approaches to Reducing Recidivism and addressing the needs of those being...

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