Dialogue is a distinct way of communicating; it involves people with different views communicating in order to seek mutual understanding.
The goal of dialogue is not for participants or moderators to change others. Moderators create a learning space for participants. During dialogue, participants learn about the experiences of others. Participants may then allow themselves to be changed by what they learn from others.
Case Western Reserve University faculty and staff members are invited to participate in one of two Sustained Dialogue groups this fall.
Dialogue groups are small groups of 10-12 or fewer people who decide to meet for 10 sessions repeatedly to build relationships and take action on a topic that they care about. These sessions will be virtual unless a change is determined by the group.
Topic: “Moral Empathy and Appreciation in the Workplace”
Building empathy is a key ingredient in building successful relationships and appreciation within the workplace. It helps to understand the perspectives, needs and intentions of others. How do we make this happen? If you are interested in collaborating with others to practice dialogue skills, develop pathways to building empathy and appreciation for faculty and staff at CWRU, please join.
This group will begin meeting Thursday, Oct. 19, and end Thursday, Jan. 4. Sessions will not be held Nov. 23 or Dec. 28. Meetings will be from 2 to 3 p.m.
Topic: “Improving Communication & Enhancing a Sense of Community” – for staff
If you are interested in brainstorming and collaborating with others to enhance our sense of community for staff on main campus, join this group to build relationships across campus, enhance your sense of community, and discover actions that might improve our campus communication.
This group will begin meeting Tuesday, Oct. 17, and end Tuesday, Jan. 9. Sessions will not be held Dec. 26 or Jan. 2. Meetings will be from 3 to 4 p.m.