The Institute for Democracy in Higher Education Having respectful and productive conversations about controversial issues is one of the most vital aspects of civic and political learning. These conversations can be challenging to lead and conduct, but trained facilitators can ensure that valuable discussions take place in which all participants feel comfortable even as conflicting ideas and beliefs are expressed. Created during the polarizing 2016 election season, this step-by-step workshop guide trains facilitators to manage politically charged discussions on campus. In this packet, you will find exercise, readings, handouts, and worksheets on everything from building relationships, establishing ground rules, taking perspectives, troubleshooting degrading speech, and balancing free speech and inclusion.