Workplace Conversations

Oregon Humanities can customize conversation programs for staff development programs, retreats, and in-service days. These conversations can help with team building by sparking new ways of thinking and working together. 

Our workplace conversations are offered on a fee-for-service basis. To learn more, contact Rachel Bernstein, partnership and training manager, at (503) 241-0543, ext. 124, or


Recent Workplace Conversations

Portland Children’s Museum
Oregon Humanities led a series of three workshops on the subject of diversity and equity for seventy Portland Children’s Museum employees from all levels and departments of the organization.

Ruth Shelly, the museum’s executive director, said, “The way the conversation was facilitated got us all talking together about complex, sensitive issues of both personal and organizational importance. The skillful guidance through self-reflection prepared us to tackle difficult topics from a safe place of trust and respect. I know there’s a long and challenging road ahead, but this work—the process, not the product—helped us take the first steps in the right direction.”

Portland State University
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Portland State University asked Oregon Humanities to plan and facilitate focus-group and college-wide discussions to determine what major issues the college faced and potential routes to resolving those issues.

Karen Marrongelle, interim dean of the college, said Oregon Humanities “played an essential role in asking the right questions so that the goals of the conversation were appropriately framed; this was a critical piece of making the Conversation a success.”

We are pleased to have facilitated workplace conversations for the following organizations:

To schedule a conversation program at your organization, contact Rachel Bernstein, partnership and training manager, at (503) 241-0543, ext. 124, or


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