Connect in Place

Virtual Community Conversations

Maria Rodriguez

We’re hosting virtual conversations with people across the state on Tuesday evenings. Our aim is to create spaces, in this physically separated moment, for Oregonians to gather, connect, reflect, and talk with one another. Registration for each program closes at 3:00 p.m. Pacific the day of the event.

March 9: What are we learning from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how will we remember it?

How can we put our energy, intention, and creativity into nurturing deep individual and collective learning that will outlive the pandemic? How do we shape a better “new normal,” wherein even the concept of normal itself is liberated from various constraints? Join facilitator Rozzell Medina to talk about it. Read more or RSVP now.

Each Tuesday’s conversations will take place simultaneously via Zoom. Here's a quick guide to getting started using Zoom.

If you have questions or suggestions about these conversations, please contact Rachel Bernstein at

We know that COVID-19 affects individuals and communities differently, so we’re working with our facilitators to develop online conversations that are relevant and responsive. Each week, we will present opportunities to join a conversation on a particular topic, to reflect on and share your experience, to listen to others, and to stay connected during this time of uncertainty and change.

Throughout this developing series of conversations, we will partner with organizations across Oregon to engage with and respond to local communities. We will also host conversations for affinity groups and explore statewide conversations. For now, we will aim to keep the number of participants in each conversation below twenty so that everyone will have a chance to speak and be heard.


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