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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 (Snack Chats, +DialogUe events)

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.

For Fall 2018, we offered the chance to get a literal taste of dialogue—with drop-in Snack Chats around campus. Students swung by and had a quick bite while having a brief dialogue!

  • Espresso Yourself
  • Donut DialogUe-in
  • Goldfish Fishbowl
  • Popcorn Pop-Up Chat
  • Outside the Box Coloring

We’re also happy to work with campus event planners 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.

Beyond the introductory events in section above, we're working to begin fall term, multi-session dialogues by affiliation:

  • undergraduate on-campus residents: extension of Dine n' Dialogues events ("In-Hall" section below)
  • graduate students: cross-campus series building on initial Intro to Dialogue event (at Korbel; details posted soon)
  • all students: follow-on series for winter retreat participants once they return to campus (below)
  • faculty & staff (employee): details soon

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 begin to 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 updated winter and spring 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 2019)
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.

Check out the Winter 2019 Project Showcase, part of the Justice Fleet visit to campus in early March.

For Spring 2019, we have two sections:

  • MW, 12-2pm: 2000.1 (CRN 5462)
  • TTh, 12-2pm: 2000.2 (CRN 5463)

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, you may be able to participate in some of our events as part of other courses (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)

Elevate your altitude, understanding, community!

This FREE, 4-day, intensive experience focuses on building community, learning dialogue skills, and exploring issues of identity and equity.

2020 Retreat details, including application, will be announced in fall 2020.

For 2019, we departed Friday afternoon, January 18th, for Estes Park, and returned to campus on Monday, January 21st by ~2pm. (We are not able to allow self-transport or late arrivals/early departures; Retreat participation is all or nothing.)

All transportation, meals, housing, and materials are provided to  accepted students at no cost.

With a focus on sustained dialogue, retreat participants are expected to continue to meet after the Retreat as well, 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...

Facilitator Trainings

More than 150 students, staff, and faculty have participated in our past weekends, creating a broad network of active DialogUers across campus. We keep that group updated on opportunities and resources to support dialogue on campus through our Facilitator Fridays enews.

Stay tuned for future training sessions.

We also sponsored registrations for active DU DialogUers to the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation national conference in downtown 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 retreat ask for considerable investments of time in order to be thorough, that all fall on weekends (vs. weekdays), and that many 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 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.