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Join a Sustained Dialogue group and help make a positive impact on campus

Applications are now being accepted for fall 2017 Sustained Dialogue (SD) groups. Student groups as well as faculty/staff groups will be held this semester. The application for Sustained Dialogue program is available on OrgSync. Applications are due Sept. 30.

Now in its fourth year, Sustained Dialogue brings together individuals from various backgrounds to discuss campus, local and national issues of concern, including diversity and inclusion matters. Dialogue groups meet weekly to share their experiences and perspectives and work collectively to suggest ways to make the campus more welcoming and inclusive for all. Dialogue session meeting times are scheduled based in part on the availability of moderators and participants. No special skills or experience needed—just come and share.

At the end of the program, dialogue groups make recommendations on ways to improve the campus experience and present their proposals to university leadership.

Benefits of the Sustained Dialogue program include:

  • Meeting individuals from across the campus;
  • Developing new friendships;
  • Enhancing communication and listening skills;
  • Learning how to effectively engage in critical conversations;
  • Gaining tools for and comfort in engaging with individuals from various backgrounds; and
  • Developing proposals for positive change at CWRU.

In addition, faculty and staff who participate in a dialogue group are eligible for a cash incentive at the end of the year through the university’s Wellness Program.

For additional information, contact the co-chairs:

The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs and First Year Experience and Family Programs sponsor this program.

Apply for the program.