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One of IEE's focal areas from 2017-18 forward 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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Want to get involved in dialogues on campus? Stay tuned for upcoming events this fall!


Want to become a dialogue facilitator? 

Join us Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 for Dialogue Facilitation Training and/or Oct. 20 - 22 for Sustained Dialogues Retreat Facilitation Training!

More details below

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.

FALL 2017
We will be offering a small number of dialogues through fall quarter, as we focus on facilitator training and recruitment for our winter retreat (below). Check back soon for application details, or email with your interest!

We will kick off the new common calendar year with a student retreat over the MLK Holiday weekend (Fri-Mon, January 12-15); details and application to be shared in early fall 2017. (Student, staff and faculty retreat staff are needed; check training dates below!)

Ongoing dialogue groups will be launched from this weekend, continuing through winter and spring terms.

Students: We do not currently offer SD participation for direct academic credit (see below for dialogue classes); 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.


Thanks to all who took part in our January 2017 training! More than 60 students, staff and faculty attended, creating a broad network of active dialoguers across campus. We are keeping that group updated on opportunities to support dialogue on campus.

Our next SD facilitator trainings will be:

Sept 29-Oct 1, 2017 (Fri-Sun):
Inclusive Leader Training: Fri evening through Sat lunch (first 8 hours only)
Dialogue Facilitator Training: Fri evening through Sunday early afternoon (full 16 hours)

Oct 20-22, 2017 (Fri-Sun): SD Retreat Facilitator Training
To attend, you MUST have completed a previous SD facilitator 16 hour training, in either Jan or Sept. Priority will then be given to those committed to staffing our retreat over MLK weekend in 2018.

To apply for either event, go to:

January 2017 SD training participants are welcome to attend the Sept training, as a refresher. Please apply at the link above, and contact with any questions!

Important scheduling acknowledgement:

We are aware that these events ask for considerable investments of time, that all fall on weekends (vs. weekdays), that the Sept dates (for example) coincide with Yom Kippur among other holy days, that the October dates are DU's Homecoming, and that these conflicts will surely mean some interested affiliates will not be able to attend.

Like every event planner, we wrestled with which days would compete with school/work and life/family obligations, which other campus milestones (orientation, finals) would affect availability, how quickly we could recruit participants in the new school year, when our national trainers and appropriate campus spaces were available, and what gap between trainings would provide sufficient participant rest and preparation time to go another 16 hours... Colleagues and classmates advised us that most students, staff and faculty would not be able to commit 16 consecutive hours on any weekdays, and that dates earlier in, later in, or outside the actual fall quarter would also drastically cut the number of students (our primary audience) able and willing to attend.

Knowing any date excludes some, we have sought the best (if not good) balance among competing factors, and have intentionally scheduled across Friday evening and Sunday morning common worship times (attempting to share impact). We apologize to those who cannot participate in this round of programs, and hope we are able to share your interest and energy in future quarters!

Intergroup dialogue COURSES

More than 50 undergrad students participated in our four gender intergroup dialogue courses through winter and spring 2017, through Communication Studies. Kudos and thanks to students, facilitators and instructors who helped us pilot this new offering!

We are looking to launch version 2.0 for winter 2018 term, as well as introducing additional course options at the graduate level. Stay tuned for future opportunities, and/or email with interest for your classes/area.

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 in February, and after GSA's Dark Girls , in May.

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.