Transformative Conversations | Welcoming America

Transformative Conversations

We know that many people are looking for how to support their immigrant neighbors during this time. Donating supplies, volunteering, and contacting your member of Congress remain incredibly important. But allies play an important role in transforming the public narrative by engaging in difficult conversations with their peers - not for the purposes of winning, but in order to create true and lasting change.


Transformative Conversations will present on TIRRC’s findings from a cutting edge public opinion and messaging study conducted in 2018, that utilized deep canvassing to identify what moves conflicted individuals towards favorable and supportive views of immigration.  In collaboration with UCLA and Berkley, we surveyed voters to measure the effects deep canvassing has on both people’s opinion on immigration policy and implicit bias. The results showed overwhelmingly that deep canvassing not only moves voters at their door towards more supportive views of immigrants, but also that this movement is lasting. 


We know that that transformative conversations are not always second nature, and they like most things, require forethought and practice. Even if you're not canvassing door to door, you can learn to be a deep canvasser in your own life and everyday interactions.  Join us to learn how to better navigate difficult conversations with others in a more productive and effective manner without compromising relationship.

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