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One of the ten “high-impact practices” is to explore “difficult differences ” such as racial, ethnic, and gender inequality, or continuing struggles for human rights, freedom, and power. This exploration is crucial in today’s multicultural society, but while this pedagogy has empirically documented impact in the classroom and can push students to develop critical thinking skills, it can also backfire if the exploration is not effectively structured. In this workshop, we will share tools and techniques for holding space for difficult dialogues, from establishing ground rules upfront to leading discussions of controversial topics, to dealing with emotional outbursts in the classroom.