What is “Dialogue”?
Dialogue can be defined as a discussion between two or more people or groups, especially one directed toward exploration of a particular subject or resolution of a problem.
Why is it important?
- Engage across difference of perspective and identity
- Foster intergroup community through a diversity of identities
- Explore personal experience and societal issues
- Provide tools for navigating difference on and off campus
In our hyper-polarized society, we are in need of deeper understanding and engagement of those who are different than ourselves. The Center for Civic Engagement is dedicated to modeling equitable, respectful dialogue. This is done primarily through the Deliberative Dialogue program.
Deliberative Dialogue gathers students of diverse perspectives, identities, and backgrounds who want to better understand the opinions, values, and actions of people who differ from them. In each event, we encourage genuine listening and asking questions of curiosity, not persuasion. Some of our dialogue topics have included gun violence, inequity in healthcare, abortion rights, racial and cultural identity, legalization of marijuana, and many others.