Is a group that you care about on campus polarized or divided? Are you interested in leading Dialogue Circles on topics related to equity, inclusion, belonging or identity?
The Sustained Dialogue Institute will host a private workshop designed specifically for members of the Case Western Reserve University community this summer. Sustained Dialogue is a dialogue process that helps diverse groups build relationships and move from talk to action on issues affecting their communities. It is a method for solving problems in a less overwhelming way. Sustained Dialogue can help diverse groups find shared interests and identify achievable group actions to address challenges. Through dialogue, participants collectively develop effective solutions more quickly than any would on their own.
Held weekly on Wednesdays from June 7 to Aug. 9, workshop sessions will help participants develop professional skills for using the Sustained Dialogue model to bridge divides within student groups or across identities and backgrounds. After training, moderators will be asked to propose a dialogue-to-action group to co-moderate for other students, staff, and faculty in the CWRU community this fall.
Sessions will be synchronous, with attendance and engagement expected, however, there will be no homework or pre-reading.
During this workshop with the Sustained Dialogue Institute, workshop participants will learn:
Skills for being in dialogue with others;
How to create conditions for dialogue; and
How to apply these skills to building relationships and addressing complex problems within their communities and on campus.
Those who complete all sessions of the workshop series will be trained to co-facilitate a dialogue group using materials provided by the Sustained Dialogue Institute through this workshop.