Becoming a Focus 2020 Graduate includes attending 4 Focus 2020 workshops.  The Race Relations Dialogue to Change Circles (RRDCC) are equal to 3 workshops. All courses are offered free of charge. This website is updated on a regular basis with newly scheduled workshops so be sure to check back often!

New for 2014: We’ve decided to focus on offering more workshops rather than hosting additional Chautauquas. That means we have also changed the Focus 2020 graduation requirements! To be a Focus 2020 graduate and become eligible for a Community Action Grant, you are now only required to attend four Focus 2020 Workshops. For those who have already attended a Chautauqua, you can now count your attendance as one workshop which means you would only be required to attend three additional workshops to become a Focus 2020 graduate. The Focus 2020 Workshop series will conclude in December 2014.

Attending the Focus 2020 Orientation workshop is required for all Focus 2020 graduates.

Orientation Workshop

Course Description: Participants will learn the tools, techniques, and strategies for understanding each others differences and similarities. Participants will learn to practice and demonstrate dialogue, conflict resolution, empathy, and collaboration skills.  Workshops are held at Peace Learning Center.

November 20, 2014:  12:30 – 3:30 pm  – click here to register

Creating a Culture of Peace Workshop

Course Description: Participants will learn and practice advanced techniques of conflict de-escalation, dialogue, and communication skills and how to use those skills to build a more peaceful community. Participants will design strategies for applying these skills in their homes, workplaces, and communities.  Workshops are held at Peace Learning Center.

December 11, 2014:  12:30 – 3:30 pm – click here to register

Our Choices, Our Community, Our Environment

Course Description:  The choices we make matter.  They impact us as individuals, but also extend to our communities and, ultimately, our environment.  We are inescapably connected to the world around us.  A 3 hour workshop with a moderate level 2 mile walk through surrounding nature trails. Appropriate comfortable clothing is required.  Workshops are held at Peace Learning Center.

24 Comments on "Workshops"

  1. Alicia Collins says:

    I was wondering if there are any registration openings for the Race Relations Dialogue to Change Circles for February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013.

    • SRobinson says:(Author)

      Hi Alicia! We are still working with our workshop partner, the INRC, to finalize the scheduling for this workshop, but we hope to have registration open for it by the end of this week. We’ll make sure to send you a note once we know for sure.

  2. Angie Cazares says:

    I am a little bit confused about the workshops. For the Orientation, do we just choose one to attend or do we attend them all? Also, in the packet at the Chautauqua, there was a workshop listed for November 27th, but I don’t see it here. I’m just wanting some clarification on those things. Thanks!

    • SRobinson says:(Author)

      Hi Angie! Thanks for your questions. It is a little confusing! So, to answer your first question regarding how many workshops you are required to attend to become a Focus 2020 graduate, you are required to attend a total of 16 hours of workshop. Everyone is required to attend at least one Focus 2020 Orientation session. We will continue to schedule these at rotating times throughout the next few years to ensure everyone has an opportunity to attend one of these workshops.

      You may then select from the other workshops to complete 12 hours worth of electives. We will offer a variety of these at different times as well over the next few years. All of the workshops are four hours in length with the exception of the Race Relations Dialogue to Change Circles which are 12 hours.

      Does that make sense?

      • Angie Cazares says:

        Yes, Thanks! One more quick question. I attended the orientation this morning and a coworker wasn’t able to attend. Can she still come to the other workshops offered even if she did not attend Orientation?

    • SRobinson says:(Author)

      Hi Angie! I just realized I forgot to answer your question about the workshop scheduled for Nov. 27th. We decided to cancel that workshop because we were worried with the Thanksgiving holiday happening right after the Chautauqua that there wouldn’t be enough time for people to learn about it and register to attend.

  3. on the race relations workshops – is it possible to attend different sessions (e.g. some in January and some in February to complete the 12 hours? I travel out of state and it would be highly unlikely I could make four in a row.
    Thank you!

  4. Is one required to attend a Chatauqua before attending any of these workshops?

  5. Hi,

    I appreciate the number of orientations scheduled for December but I am already busy all of those days. When will the January Dates be available?

  6. hanley1000 says:

    Hi I am absorbing all of this information and am excited at the opportunity; I am wondering if it is OK to start the multi-class RRDCC, and then pick up the other sessions later, or must one attend all the sessions in a row?  I have a relatively open schedule until next Wed, 2/13, and then am committed until late February, unfortunately. So I would love to start the process, and then pick it back up where I leave off with your next scheduled ones.
    I will come to the orientation tomorrow.  Thanks for including me as invited!

  7. hanley1000 says:

    Sorry, forgot this trail would not leave my name.  I am Tom.

  8. Hello,
    I am wondering if there will be any more orientations during this semester? The link to be put on the waiting list is broken. Please let me know if there is one I can join, I am very interested!!


  9. Marion Nimely Mendimasa says:

    I would love to attend kindly indicate the venue and as of now I am leaving for Africa and will be back lately in September , can I be part of the workshop online ? to enable to benefit from the grant to implement some of the community programs . or put me on the waiting list but still interested in the grant for partnership.

    • SRobinson says:(Author)

      Hello, Marion! We will have another Chautauqua on November 8, 2013 at Butler University. More information will be posted very soon about the event. Have you subscribed to the Focus 2020 e-news? You might want to do so to keep posted on new workshops and Chautauquas. You can still qualify for a communication action grant next year if you attend one Chautauqua and at least 16 hours of workshops between now and June 2014 when the next round of grant applications will be due. I hope this information is helpful and I hope you enjoy your trip to Africa.

  10. How can I register for the Focus 2020 Orientation

    • SRobinson says:(Author)

      Hi Pamela,

      You can register by clicking on the date of the workshop you would like to attend. (All of the currently scheduled workshops are listed on the website.) That will then take you to the workshop registration page.

      Just let us know if you have any problems!


  11. Katherine (Kat) Gagne says:

    I am interested in participating but face a daunting challenge; the Peace Learning Center is not accessible by IndyGo. The closest bus comes to 46th near Reed Road. Can you assist those of us who do not drive?

    • SRobinson says:(Author)

      Hi Katherine, We would be glad to assist you to be sure you are able to attend the workshops. I’ll email you to make arrangements.


  12. Katherine says:

    Hi Stacy – How does one register for the Interfaith Understanding Workshop? I didn’t see a link for it on your site nor did I see any information about it on the site of the Indiana Interchurch Center. Please advise, Thanks!

  13. Are there any courses offered on Saturdays? The classes currently offered appear not geared towards those who work regular day hours.

    Thank you.

    • SRobinson says:(Author)

      Hi Dale,

      We do not currently have any courses offered on Saturdays, but we are planning to add some in the future. We will send out a notification to all of our subscribers as soon as those classes become available.

      Thank you for your interest!


  14. Stephanie P says:

    I heard about the Grant today in the CLC workshop. I see that those may count as eligible workshops for grant consideration. What do I need to do to indicate that I am attending the CLC program workshops, and do I also need to attend another non-CLC workshop ? Moreover, can the workshop be completed after the grant application had been submitted?

    Thanks for your response,

    • SRobinson says:(Author)

      Yes, they do count as eligible workshops! Just let them know you are interested in applying so they can send your name and attendance records to us so that we can give you credit for attending them when we’re reviewing your grant application.

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