"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella
Mary Jane "MJ" Oliveri worked as a civil engineer in the water and wastewater fields for over 20 years. From 2008 to the present, she holds the position of Adjunct Instructor for Water Treatment Operations with the Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. As of Spring 2013, her course will be facilitated online on the Moodle platform. MJ took the "Dialogue Education Online" course in 2012 that guided and shaped the course design.
MJ first came to know about Dialogue Education through a short introductory course taken at the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement conference in Dallas in 2007. Immediately, she enrolled in "Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach" and the "Advanced Dialogue Education" courses. She became a CDEP in 2009. At the same time, she became a volunteer with Wycliffe Associates working in Congo-Brazzaville as a Community Development Specialist. As of September 2012, MJ will be based in Valence, France, working part-time with Wycliffe France and continuing the community development work in Congo. Through this work with Wycliffe Associates, she learned about the "Learning that Lasts" course, took the course and is now an intern teacher of this dialogue education course developed by Roland Walker for use in the language programs of Wycliffe Bible Translators.
MJ is also working through Wycliffe Associates with another course called "Participatory Methods for Engaging Communities". MJ is involved in the plans for offering the course in French for the first time in Africa this year.
MJ also facilitates a workshop called "Uprooting Buried Lies", a guided healing prayer process created by Martha Delmon, missionary to France, who also facilitates this workshop in France. MJ hopes to incorporate this workshop into her community development activities in Africa and France.
Her experience with DE has ranged from the traditional and online classroom to the developing world. Through an online course with the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, MJ became acquainted with the book called "When Helping Hurts". Among its many merits, the book emphasizes the need to stop 'doing for' people in the developing world and to start 'doing with' them. The principles and practices of dialogue education are very effective in working with people to develop their own plans and projects while being respected and valued for what they bring to the process!
MJ welcomes your questions, collaboration and comments and is available via email or mj.oliveri on Skype.