DU DialogUes

One of IEE's focal areas is 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.



Building on past events and programs (such as Voices of Discovery co-curricular dialogues), IEE and the Conflict Resolution Institute have partnered with the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network to bring several dialogue models to DU. Rooted in decades of research and practice, these models gather small groups for multiple sessions of facilitated conversations, allowing participants to build relationships, reflect on their individual and collective experiences, and increase understanding and collaboration.

In concert with other IEE initiatives underway, DU 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.

    • Community Talk: Dialoguing in a Virtual World Part II: Community and Belonging, with DU Community + Values initiative. The first session was on dialogic skills, while the second is a mini fishbowl and breakout dialogue on community and belonging. Thursdays, April 23 and May 7, 11am-12noon.
      • We'll link to a video of first session soon!
    • With the DU Grand Challenges team, we developed host trainings and materials for A Community Table! You choose when, on what platform, and with whom to have a conversation around an important community issues; we provide the rest. Details, registration and tools. (Open through June 11)
    • Check our calendar (above right or full-view) and social media for other upcoming 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!

  • 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.

    • Spring Student Dialogue Series: This quarter,  we've run a 4-week dialogue series as a space to practice dialogic skills and be in community online! When asked what folks needed from community, we were moved to see so many similarities; from a need to re-connect to community, to needing patience, meaningful conversations, and just wanting people to be present, we're excited to be offering these connections! Tuesdays, 2-3.30pm, beginning April 28. (Applications now closed.)
    • Weekly DU DialogUes Chats (Fridays, 3-4pm) have been an opportunity for past dialoguers to reconnect by watching videos, doing writing and arts-based activities, and ultimately connecting across differences during this time of distancing. It's one way to feel a little less distant. Check weekly e-newsletter or email igr@du.edu for Zoom detail.
  • Courses (for-credit)

    More than 150 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 integrate readings, activities, reflective writing, and facilitated dialogue to connect theory and lived experience across our intersectional identities, and culminate in a collaborative project.

    The course fulfills:

    and as general elective for most other programs!

    Spring quarter info:

    • Mon/Wed 12-1.50pm, COMN 2000.2 (CRN 3974)
    • Tues/Thurs 12-1.50pm, COMN 2000.1 (CRN 3975)

    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.

    • Visit the Retreat page for 2020 details and application.
  • Facilitation Trainings

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

    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 after being trained. Facilitators are invited to support campus dialogue opportunities, ongoing skills practices, and resources through our Facilitator Fridays enewsletter.

    Recognizing that annual, all-or-nothing weekends don't work for many, we are working on more modular, but still high-commitment, training series for the 2020-21 academic year. (There is no short-cut to strong facilitation!)

    Fall 2019 on-campus, trainings with national Sustained Dialogue Institute staff were 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.)

    While there is no cost for DU affiliates to attend, participants had to attend the entire training weekend. Meals and materials were provided.

    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 many of our events ask for considerable investments of time in order to be thorough and most meaningful, that some fall on weekends, and that many of our events will inevitably conflict with 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!