Listening project

The purpose of the “Listening Project” is to build connection, foster communication and understanding between members of the campus community, increase (multi)cultural competence, and increase communication skills needed in all career platforms.

Students and faculty across campus have implemented a variety of classroom activities that rely on listening and invite sharing. Whether participants stand in various campus locations with signs that read “Free Listening” (in a pre-pandemic world) or break up in small groups in virtual classrooms, students open their ears – and hearts – to anyone who needs to talk, laugh, cry, scream, or hang out.

Listening Icebreaker

Screenshot of jamboard activity; lots of text covers the slide, see blog post for context

A brief class activity to break the ice on the first day of class. In JRN 3290, Dr. Adina Schneeweis facilitated an exercise that included asking someone you just met (as in a first day of class context) a question that is meaningful to oneself. Students asked about trust, religion, adulthood, role models, and family, and reported having a great experience – digging in with someone you don’t know about something meaningful elevated the connection of the emerging class community right away.


If you are interested in trying out a listening project in your classroom or community event, get in touch. There are as many ways to listen (and coordinate a project) as stories out there, waiting to be heard.