NGA Chair Utah Governor Spencer Cox and Vice Chair Colorado Governor Jared Polis welcomed Montana Governor Greg Gianforte and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt along with national experts and students to Westminster, Colorado, November 14, for the second in a series of bipartisan events to help address toxic polarization in America – the aim of Governor Cox’s 2023-24 NGA Chair’s Initiative: Disagree Better.
The convening centered on teaching youth about healthy conflict and fostering open debate, free expression and viewpoint diversity in higher education. The event included two panel discussions to unpack some of the work underway across the country to help improve political discourse, including programs designed for elementary, middle and high school students as well as for students enrolled in institutions of higher education.
Julia Dhar, Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group, moderated the first panel discussion that focused on “Teaching Youth about Healthy Conflict.” The panelists included:
- Norman Ornstein, Vice President, Matthew Harris Ornstein Memorial Foundation,
- Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO, National Constitution Center and
- Kimberly Willingham, Executive…