The SOUL Project Student Application
Applications are due by 8pm on Tuesday, October 24.
We believe that in order to change our campus and community conversations, we must empower individuals to lead that change. To that end, we are establishing a two-tiered deliberative dialogue initiative, The SOUL Project (Seeking Openness, Understanding, and Learning).

The SOUL Project is a deliberative dialogue initiative funded by the Campus Compact Fund for Positive Engagement. The first phase focuses on training Mercer students on facilitating and engaging in deliberative dialogue. After a training workshop, participants will lead a community-wide deliberative dialogue event on a subject of the student body’s choosing. In the second phase in the spring, Mercer students who received training will then deliver training to Mount De Sales high school students in facilitating deliberative dialogue with their peers and then partner with the students to host a youth-centered event on a subject of the students’ choosing.

We are seeking undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints to lead Mercer students in tough conversations and help shape a culture of respectful dialogue and disagreement. Selected students will receive training in how to facilitate respectful dialogue, will host a dialogue event for Mercer undergraduates, and will design and implement a deliberative dialogue training for Mount De Sales students. Students will develop valuable leadership skills and be able to count their hours working with high school students for volunteerism requirements.

Students will be expected to commit to participation from now until April 2018. Participation in the two-day training is mandatory, so please be certain you are available for training on both Friday, November 10 from 4-9pm and Saturday, November 11 from 9-4pm.

The deadline to apply to participate in The SOUL Project is Tuesday, October 24 at 8pm. Applicants will be notified of the decision no later than 7pm on Tuesday, October 31. Selected students will be expected to attend a brief orientation meeting on Tuesday, November 7 from 6-7pm.

Please contact Hannah Vann at vann_hf@mercer.edu with any questions.

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