The Office of Civic & Community Engagement provides several opportunities for community members, faculty, staff, and students to communicate across difference. We offer an array of dialogue programs, including deliberative dialogues on complex policy issues, intergroup dialogues aimed at building understanding for social justice, and community dialogues focused on local topics. In addition, we are proud to support Diversity Education in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which offers One Word Dialogues. Read about each type below and get involved today!
A series of issue forums on local, national, and international topics. Recent dialogues have centered on free speech, policing, gun violence, and immigration policy. Student organizations are encouraged to co-sponsor dialogues. Please connect with our office to propose a topic or offer to host a forum!
Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a method of in-person conversation focused on raising awareness and understanding of social identities and building coalitions for social change. Dialogues “build dispositions and skills for developing and maintaining relationships across differences and for taking action for equity and social justice” (Zúñiga).
The IGD model has four stages: Group Beginnings, Exploring Differences and Commonalities, Dialoguing about Current Social Justice Topics, and Action Planning & Alliance Building.
Benefits of IGD include:
“Just One Word” is a moderated dialogue that takes place over a lunch or dinner, during which participants share their understanding and experience of a specific word. Participants will receive a prompting question beforehand that will help them to think about their response in advance. Coordinated by Diversity Education, this dialogue is interactive and designed in a way that requires everyone to participate in a discussion about, “just one word.”