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DU DialogUes

DU Dialogues: more than just talk workmark in dialogue bubble graphic

One of IEE's focal areas is on building skills and providing opportunities for positive interaction across difference-- ie, dialogue. With campus and community partners, we're piloting a range of events, programs and other resources, including those below.

single session | sustained/series | in-hall | facilitator training | for-credit/courses | retreat


Building on past events and programs (such as Voices of Discovery co-curricular dialogues), IEE and the Conflict Resolution Institute are partnering with the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network to add the formal Sustained Dialogues model to DU. Rooted in decades of research and practice, this model gathers small groups for multiple sessions of facilitated discussions, allowing participants to build relationships, reflect on their individual and collective experiences, and increase understanding and collaboration.

In concert with other IEE initiatives underway, sustained dialogues provides personal, professional and community development opportunities as we meaningfully engage one another to increase mutual understanding around current events, salient identities, and complex issues.

To learn more:

program offerings

Single-session DialogUes

In addition to ongoing dialogue series, we offer and can collaborate on one-time events to explore a specific issue, incident, or event, and to provide participants a sample of the power of more sustained dialogue.

  • Stay tuned for 2019-20 single-session events!

We’re happy to work with campus colleagues interested in integrating dialogue into their diversity-related events. Click here for a +DialogUe info sheet (PDF); contact us early in your planning process!

Sustained DialogUe (series)

The most impactful dialogues are those lasting more than a single session, as more time together allows for stronger relationships and deeper exploration of issues. Therefore, sustained dialogues are our ideal involvement for all affiliates.

  • For fall 2019, we're offering a six-week interfaith dialogue series on Wednesdays 4.30-6pm, beginning 9/25. Details and application at

Understandings that dates, topics and locations will affect ability to participation, you can email [email protected] to let us know your interest and affiliation, so you'll be updated as we settle details.

In-Hall (residential) Dine n' DialogUes

For Fall 2018, we hosted a series specifically for undergraduate on-campus residents: the Dine n' Dialogues held Wednesday evenings in the Nelson Hall Private Dining Room.

  • Stay tuned for 2019-20 in-hall opportunities!
Courses (for-credit)

More than 100 students have participated in our for credit, undergraduate dialogue courses, through Communication Studies. Kudos and thanks to students, facilitators and instructors who helped us pilot this new offering, now its own permanent course number!

COMN 2000: Identities in Dialogue ( PDF flyer for Spring 2020)
These small classes (max 20 students) integrate readings, activities, reflective writing, and facilitated dialogue to connect theory and lived experience across our intersectional identities, and culminate in a collaborative project.

  • Mon-Wed 12-2pm, COMN 2000.2 (CRN 3975)
  • Tues-Thur 10am-12pm, COMN 2000.1 (CRN 3974)

We're also exploring graduate level participant and facilitator course options as well. Stay tuned!

While these are the only for-credit dialogue experiences at the moment, students may be able to participate in some of our programs as part of other courses (as projects or extra credit). Our staff may also be able to serve as or work with site/field supervisors for experiential learning, independent study, or other credits through your academic program. Please check with your instructor or program for what credit possibilities are available, and contact us well in advance to discuss.

Student Retreat (annual)

This FREE, 4-day, intensive experience over the MLK holiday weekend each year focuses on building community, learning dialogue skills, and exploring issues of identity and equity.

Facilitator Trainings

More than 150 students, staff, faculty and alumns have participated in our past weekends, creating a broad network of active DialogUers across campus.

Fall 2019 on-campus, trainings with national Sustained Dialogue Institute staff will be held:

  • October 4th-6th: Sustained Dialogue facilitator training
  • November 1st-3rd: DialogUes retreat staff training (Because this training builds on facilitator basics, you must have completed a prior SD facilitator training weekend.)

Space is limited; apply online at

While there is no cost for DU affiliates to attend, participants must attend the entire training weekend, beginning with dinner at 5pm Friday, ending ~9pm; resume Saturday 9am~5pm (breakfast and lunch included); and wrap Sunday 10am~3pm (including heavy brunch). Meals and materials are provided; we are not able to arrange or pay for parking.

A wonderful personal and professional development opportunity in its own right, we do ask that applicants be committed to applying their learning through active participation in campus dialogue opportunities. Trained facilitators are invited to facilitation opportunities, ongoing skills practices, and resources through our Facilitator Fridays enewsletter.

We also sponsored registrations for active DU DialogUers to the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation national conference in Denver: Fri-Sun, Nov 2-4, 2018.

We are also working with partners to expand learning and use of dialogic practices across campus: orientation and residence hall community-building, restorative justice, and more. Stay tuned!

Check all upcoming events and opportunities on our online calendar .

scheduling acknowledgement

We are aware that our training events and student retreat ask for considerable investments of time in order to be thorough, that they fall on weekends (vs. weekdays), and that many of our  events will inevitably conflict with some other opportunities or obligations.

Like every event planner, we wrestle with schedules that will compete with school/work-life/family obligations and cultural/faith observances; which other campus milestones (orientation, finals) will affect availability; how quickly we can recruit, select, and confirm participants; when our trainers and appropriate spaces are available; and what pacing of content and events provides sufficient participant rest and preparation time to go deeper...

Knowing any schedule excludes some, we seek the best (if not good) balance among competing factors, intentionally schedule full-weekend events across Friday evening and Sunday morning common worship times (attempting to share impact), notify campus leaders of impacted communities/ programs whenever possible, and acknowledge the conflict and provide education on concurrent holidays at the events themselves.

We apologize to those who cannot participate in specific programs, and hope to share your interest and energy in the future!