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The Stennis Fellows of the 116th Congress gathered for a Dialogue Retreat at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

This month, John C. Stennis Congressional Staff Fellows of the 116th Congress traveled to the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, for an overnight retreat devoted to learning and using dialogue.

The Stennis Fellows participated in training exercises that taught them dialogue best practices and encouraged them to engage each other in a meaningful way. Throughout the retreat, the Stennis Fellows worked together to practice dialogue and begin to connect with each other in a process different than the more familiar debate format.

The John C. Stennis Congressional Staff Fellows program is a practical, bipartisan leadership development experience for senior-level staff of the United States Congress. Established in the 103rd Congress (1993-1994), the program brings together chiefs of staff, committee staff directors, legislative directors, and others to explore ways to improve the effectiveness of those who work on Capitol Hill.

The program invites nationally and internationally renowned experts to meet with the Stennis Fellows and stimulate their thinking. While learning from these outside authorities is a unique opportunity, the primary benefit of the program is the learning and relationship building that takes place among the Stennis Fellows themselves.