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At each of our meetings:

We strive to uphold the following group guidelines
Guidelines discussed at the beginning of each meeting
Participants invited to add to the these guidelines at any time

  • Co-create a welcoming environment
  • One person speaks at a time
  • We request confidentiality (e.g. don't mention names or personal details outside of this group)
  • Respect different points of view
  • Listen to each other and allow time for people to speak
  • Empathy
  • Practice tolerance -- avoid prejudices
  • Non-judgmental
  • Use lnguage that helps the group (e.g. avoid derogatory or harsh language)
  • Stay away from acronyms, or explain them
  • Speak up, when you have a need (e.g. "Please speak louder")
  • Learn from each other
  • Anybody can raise a topic
  • Punctuality -- we start and end on time
  • Avoid "should" statements

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