What will I learn?


Tackling the tension between the individual and the group in community-based leadership.

In moments of divisive, time-sensitive conflict and disagreement, interdependent community groups that are “we/us” oriented struggle to maintain cohesive relationships. How does the community know that everyone’s voice is heard before a decision is made? Who makes the final decision? What if there are disparate opinions that still don’t agree? How do you facilitate the community coming back together after the conflict is resolved? This course is an interactive, skills-based learning experience aimed at providing participants with an introduction to the art of navigating conflict by learning from others.

Participants can expect to unpack the components of strong listening, leadership, and effective cultural competency. Individual one-on-one conversations as well as indigenous forms of group-interviewing, known as Peacemaking, will be explored. Students will get the opportunity to practice their ability to learn from others by navigating the question, “How Might We… lead with community-centered approaches, rather than with independent, divisive reactions?” with their classmates.

Please bring your full self to class. Come dedicated to participating and interacting with your classmates as well as a willingness to embrace diverse perspectives.

Learn With

Alex Scully, SAP

Karen Biestman, Stanford Native American Cultural Center

Carson Smith

Kaipo Lucas, ENGIE


Any questions?

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  • Spring 2018
  • Class meets on the following dates
    • Friday, April 13 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Saturday, April 14th from 9:30am – 4:30pm
    • Sunday April 15th from 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Native American Cultural Center at Stanford University


Apply by Friday, March 9th.

Accepting 15-18 students
Open to Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Fellows & Post-Docs

Application closed