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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.

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sustained dialogues | facilitator training | intergroup courses | events+ | dialogue retreat

sustained Dialogues

IEE and Conflict Resolution Institute are partnering with the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network to bring Sustained Dialogues 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 will provide personal, professional and community development opportunities as we meaningfully engage one another to increase mutual understanding around current events, salient identities, and complex issues.

STAY TUNED for future dialogue opportunities, beyond workshops listed on our homepage calendar.

Students: We do not currently offer SD participation for direct academic credit (see dialogue courses); but may 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 program for what credit possibilities are available, and contact us well in advance to discuss.

Intergroup dialogue COURSES

Nearly 100 students have participated in our intergroup dialogue courses, through Communication Studies. Kudos and thanks to students, facilitators and instructors who helped us pilot this new offering!

The for-credit, COMN 2700 class will return for Winter and Spring 2019; and we're exploring graduate level participant and facilitator course options as well. Stay tuned!

Event +Dialogues

In addition to ongoing dialogue programs, we are developing a +DialogUe program, where Inclusive Excellence-related campus events can integrate dialogue. In short, we work with you to have trained facilitators engage participants in deeper learning as part of your event. For example, our facilitators led post-film discussions after BGSA's screening of the documentary 13th , and after GSA's Dark Girls .

We're also working on a formal request process, but welcome interest from event planners in the meantime. Email with details/ideas, well in advance; and we'll follow up to explore possibilities.

Check our homepage calendar for upcoming events!

Sustained Dialogue Student Retreat

We kicked off the new common calendar year with a Student Retreat over the 2018 MLK Holiday weekend, and will do so again for 2019!

The 4-day, intensive experience focuses on building community, learning dialogue skills, and beginning to explore issues of identity and equity.

NOTE: With a focus on sustained dialogue, retreat participants are expected to continue to meet in small groups through winter, and perhaps spring quarters. Groups will work out their own schedules for post-retreat gatherings, but we want everyone to understand that the retreat is a beginning...

Stay tuned for 2019 details and registration!


Thanks to all who took part in our 2017 trainings! More than 100 students, staff, and faculty have participated, creating a broad network of active DialogUers across campus. We are keeping that group updated on opportunities to support dialogue on campus.

Upcoming opportunities (registration and details forthcoming):

  • Sustained Dialogue facilitator training: Fri-Sun, Oct 5-7, 2018
  • SD Retreat facilitator training: Fri-Sun, Oct 26-28 (must have completed a previous SD facilitator training weekend)
  • DU delegation to National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation national conference downtown: Fri-Sun, Nov 2-4 (We're working on free/sponsored registration for active DU DialogUers; contact us with your interest.)

Interested, but can't make these dates? Don't wait to gain dialogue experience; participate in campus events, listed on our online calendar.

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Important scheduling acknowledgement

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

Like every event planner, we wrestle with which days 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 national trainers and appropriate campus spaces are available, and what pacing of content and events provides sufficient participant rest and preparation time to go deeper...

Knowing any date 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 any specific program, and hope to share your interest and energy in the future.