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Lessons in Nonviolent Communication with Roxy Manning and Aya Caspi

By Dr. John Johnson, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

Portraits of Roxy Manning (left) and Aya Caspi (right).

Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Reid Campus Center for a special Dialogue and Dignity session on Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Roxy Manning, Ph.D. (pictured, left), and Aya Caspi (pictured, right) are certified trainers with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and will provide a presentation on the practice and benefits of NVC.

Created by Marshall Rosenberg, NVC offers a transformative approach to communication that emphasizes empathy and deep listening. NVC enables connection without judgment and helps build bridges of understanding by promoting compassion and thoughtful reflection on the expression of our own needs and the needs of others. A valuable tool for creating community in and out of the classroom, NVC is uniquely valuable for navigating communication through conflict and across differences.

On Thursday, Feb. 29, Manning and Caspi will also each facilitate smaller sessions focused on the application of NVC in processing harm and forging connections. You can sign up as an individual or group/class to participate in any of the four available sessions with either presenter. If the available times do not work, please use the form to write in your desired meeting time and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

“Naming Harm and Talking About Microaggressions” (with Manning):

  • 9–10:20 a.m.
  • 3:40–5 p.m.

“Transforming ‘Enemy Images’ and Listening Beyond Positions” (with Caspi):

  • 9–10:20 a.m.
  • 3:40–5 p.m.

Learn more about Manning and Caspi below:

Roxy Manning’s life experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant to the US combined with her academic training and professional work as a licensed clinical psychologist and certified trainer and assessor in Nonviolent Communication with the Center for Nonviolent Communication have cultivated her deep passion for work that supports social change at the personal, interpersonal, and systemic levels. Manning is delighted to help opposing voices hear each other and see past individual hurt and struggles to address the structures that contribute to those challenges. She is the author of “How to Have Antiracist Conversations” (2023) and coauthor with Sarah Peyton of “The Antiracist Heart” (2023). Manning also co-hosts the inspirational podcast, Fierce Compassion, with Sarah Peyton. Learn more about Manning at roxannemanning.com.

Aya Caspi has been a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2012. Based in Northern California, Caspi brings her unique blend of vision, practical clarity, and deep commitment to the transformative power of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to settings as varied as schools, colleges, parenting, mediation, nonprofit organizations, social change communities, and media. Caspi has served as an educational consultant on several preschool series, creating original curricula and advising on show development and scripting. Her client list includes Warner Bros., Discovery Media, 9 Story Media Group, Cartoon Saloon, Field Day Entertainment, the Cartoon Network, and Max. Caspi has been sharing the work of NVC internationally via online classes and in-person retreats. She continually grapples with the joys and challenges of being raised in Israel and finds deep open hope in applying NVC to the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Additional information about Caspi is available at reclaiminglifenvc.com.

Published on Feb 6, 2024
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