The Maple League, in collaboration with Bishop's University's Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning, invite you to join us for the final session of the Fall '22 Better Together season – Nonviolent Communication: A Primer with Amy Abe.

Picture of Amy Abe. Instructor from Bishop's University Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning

When: Wednesday, December 7th @ 11am (EST)/ Noon (AST)

Where: Live on Zoom – register with this link:

If you have any questions, please contact the Maple League's Faculty Excellence Developer, Neil Silcox, at @email.

About the session: Our campuses are full of diverse spaces—we will meet each other in workplaces, classrooms, and campus gathering spaces. Communication and conflict are inevitable—but we can embrace conflict as an opportunity for growth and relationship. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) can help us develop better communication in our friendships or relationships with colleagues and professors. NVC can be an effective process of communication and personal transformation in the long-term work of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. If you’re interested in anti-racism, decolonization, accessibility, and other kinds of solidarity work—NVC might be a great tool to have in your kit. NVC helps people hear others’ truths and to develop new understandings and empathy. It can be especially helpful when people feel attacked or help people accept answers and truths that they don’t want to hear. Acceptance is not tantamount to agreement and does not imply or require approval of the other. We learn to listen and to speak not to find common ground or to compromise but to create a space for mutual understanding and action-taking based on radical empathy.

About the presenter: Amy Abe is an award-winning educator, curriculum writer, and change agent who has been recognized by STLHE, CICAN and many others for her educational leadership in adult and social justice education. She has spent the last 20 years unsettling language and settlement education, supporting learners, faculty, and administration in anti-racism, decolonization, and social justice efforts. Amy grew up between Ktaqmkuk and Mi’kma’ki, the unceded traditional territories of the Beothuk and Mi’kmaq peoples, to a family steeped in story. Her father can regale a crowd for hours, and her mother curates any object with a story. These beginnings instilled a love of the power of story to affect hearts and effect change, which has influenced her professional and academic journeys. Amy has a Master’s in TESL from the University of Alberta with a focus on Indigenization and change readiness. She is completing her PhD in social justice in educational policy. Amy pursues a silo-busting vision of education and change and is considered a critical and compassionate disruptor in the advancement of diversity, inclusion, equity, and flourishing. Amy currently holds the position of Special Advisor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Bishop’s University.

If you have any questions, please contact the Maple League's Faculty Excellence Developer, Neil Silcox, at @email.