Campus Dialogue Team

The Hutchins Dialogue Center is co-sponsoring leadership training in the Fall 2013 semester with the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network for a select group of SSU's student leaders. Participants will engage in a campus civility project using dialogue to improve the practice of respect on our campus. The CDT's goal is to expand participants' comfort zones to include multiple perspectives, but not force agreement. The pre, post and "afterlogue" dialogues will exercise social/civic skills, and will focus on listening, respecting multiple voices/perspectives, and trying on new ways of looking at complex themes.

The CDT will represent different SSU departments and programs in order to successfully engage a school-wide partnership. By working together, the CDT expects to enhance respect, understanding and acceptance of different values and beliefs. Student leaders from across the campus community are invited to participate actively as team members to foster dialogue in events and to share the skills they develop during the year.

Participants will attend a workshop on Friday, September 6 from 1:00p.m.-7:00p.m. (snacks and dinner provided) called Sustained Dialogue. Students will meet with with a professional trainer to learn dialogue skills, activities and techniques to enhance our campus movement towards respect in action.

There will be additional planning meetings throughout the semester with Dialogue Center Director Margaret Anderson to reflect on the Sustained Dialogue training and to coordinate dialogue opportunities for our students. CDT members will be divided into pairs, and be responsible for co-facilitating five events during the fall semester. The teams will design the pre/post/afterlogues under the supervision of Anderson and coordinate with faculty and staff from various SSU schools, departments and programs. Anderson will be focused on assisting the CDT with designing dialogue curriculum and activities for selected events such as lectures, films, workshops, art performances, and key offerings that would benefit from dialogues.

The Campus Dialogue Team exemplifies diversity in action, says Anderson. Without seeking quick or easy answers, we will practice critical thinking, develop collaborative and problem-solving skills, and increase our understanding of complex issues. The CDT will have regular meetings throughout the semester to evaluate the progress of the program and share experiences.

Some of the schools, departments and programs the center would like to work with are: First Year Experience, the SSU Feminist Lecture Series, the SSU Africana Lecture Series, LIBS 101 classes, The HUB, Associated Students Productions, On Campus Presents, the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center, SSU Residential Life, the University Art Gallery, the Sonoma Film Institute, and more!

The Hutchins Dialogue invites faculty and staff to collaborate with the Campus Dialogue Team during the upcoming school year to enhance civility through the practice of dialogue.

For those interested, please contact Margaret Anderson at: manderson64@gmail.com