• Who We Are: WeListen is a grassroots, campus-based organization bridging the American political divide.

     

    Our Mission: To build empathy across the American political spectrum through conversation.

     

    Our Goal: Change the American political climate by building a movement of listeners on campuses across the country.

  • What We Do

    WeListen convenes small-group discussion to humanize the other side

    The Problem

    America is divided.

    Red states and blue states, echo chambers on social media, and a divisive presidential election. Americans can't seem to get along.

    Our Solution

    WeListen gets people talking. Face to face.

    We're fostering small-group discussion between unlikely conversants to change the American political climate—campus by campus.

    Our Method

    Small-group conversation on campus.

    At WeListen, participants from across the political spectrum—Democrats, Republicans, or neither—engage in facilitated discussion (not debate!) on topics like gun control, free speech, abortion, and immigration.

     

    They come together to learn why someone might not agree with them, and leave with an enhanced understanding of how individuals’ backgrounds and value systems affect how they see the world.

  • WeListen in the News

    Read about our work!

     

    Want to feature WeListen in your publication? Contact welistenusa@gmail.com.

    "Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation funds bipartisan political discussion group, project management education program for youth"

    February 7, 2019

    "WeListen staff series tackles impact of mass incarceration"

    January 25, 2019

    "'A Painful Hope' attempts to find middle ground in Israeli occupation and Palestinian conflict"

    November 15, 2018

    "All Ears"

    October 22, 2018

    "This week, we sat in on a WeListen meeting and got student's views on the judiciary system."

    October 12, 2018

    "WeListen discussion focuses on politicization of Supreme Court"

    October 8, 2018

    "Ford School panel considers impacts, logistics of November ballot initiatives"

    October 8, 2018

    "Bipartisan student group WeListen hosts first annual Fall conference"

    September 30, 2018

    "Bill Kristol, Neera Tanden show divisive politics, future hope at U-M"

    September 30, 2018

    "UM students work to bridge political divide, foster civil dialogue"

    September 28, 2018

    "Conference at UMich to address gun control, immigration, free speech"

    September 28, 2018

    "WeListen staff series works to cultivate respectful conversations"

    August 21, 2018

    "Meet the students leading tough dialogue at University of Michigan"

    May 17, 2018

    "The launch of WeListen: Students foster civil civic discourse between unlikely conversants"

    December 12, 2017