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 two programs: Hot Topics and Civic Strolls.
Hot Topics is a program that gathers students of diverse perspectives, identities, and backgrounds who want to better understand the perspective, values, and actions of people who differ from them. In each event, we intentionally recruit participants to have diversity of experience and perspective. An optional component is a spicy challenge where students answer questions while starting with a mild salsa that increases to very hot by the end of our time. Discussion Topics for past and future Hot Topics: Politics, Religion, Racial Identity, Personality type, Gender Identity, Gun Control/Rights, Death Penalty, Abortion, Marijuana Legalization, Sex Work, and more!
Civic Strolls is a weekly program where students can gather to discuss and explore what it means to be an active citizen.