OpenMind training for Gettysburg College students

Special program for summer 2021

Self-paced interactive training from July 12 - August 10

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At a time of heightened polarization in politics and society, meaningful conversations about our collective challenges are both more important and more difficult than ever.

Join the Eisenhower Institute for a self-paced summer program on the psychology behind productive conversations and how to build skills for more effective communication. We are looking for a small, dedicated group of students to participate in a month-long training focusing on the fundamentals of dialogue across difference. This experience is ideal for student leaders and anyone interested in civic engagement.

This program is part of the Eisenhower Institute’s mission to promote non-partisan discourse, and is open to all current, incoming, and recently graduated Gettysburg College students.

Please contact Kevin Lavery ( with any questions.

About OpenMind

OpenMind is an interactive online program that explores the inner workings of the mind and the psychological roots of our ideological differences. The program will equip you with insights and skills to help you better understand yourself and others. It will empower you to be more in control of your thoughts and feelings so that you can make better decisions, be happier, and navigate challenging conversations more effectively.

The program consists of 8 interactive lessons, each of which takes ~30 minutes to complete. You'll be expected to complete 2 lessons per week over the course of 4 weeks. After you complete each lesson, you'll receive a reminder email to continue moving through the program.

In addition, you'll participate in 4 Peer-to-Peer Conversations with a fellow student. This will provide you with the opportunity to get to know one of your peers better and to practice the skills you'll learn in the online lessons. When you begin the program, we'll share more information with you about how to schedule these conversations and what you can expect.


  • Week 1: Discovering the Workings of the Mind and the Roots of Ideological Difference (Starts July 12)
    • Kick-off Session: July 12, 11 a.m. ET
  • Week 2: Cultivating Intellectual Humility and Welcoming Diverse Perspectives (Starts July 19)
  • Week 3: Exploring Other Worldviews and Challenging the Culture of Contempt (Starts July 26)
  • Week 4: Managing emotions and mastering difficult conversations (Starts August 3)
    • Wrap-up Session (Date TBD)