The CU Dialogues Program provides experiential learning opportunities within CU classes on topics involving different, sometimes opposing, cultural perspectives. It accomplishes this by bringing diverse members of the CU-Boulder community together for facilitated, simultaneously translated and tailored dialogues. Types of dialogues include:

  • Student/staff dialogues
  • Student to student dialogues
  • Outreach work

In 2011-12, the CU Dialogues Program conducted a comprehensive assessment that demonstrated the effectiveness of classroom dialogues in promoting core University values in three interrelated areas outlined in CU’s Flagship 2030 vision:

Diversity and inclusivity—dialogues promote the practice of inclusivity by leading students to value differences and recognize similarities.

Experiential learning and civic engagement—dialogues create unique opportunities for experiential learning within the classroom and motivate students to become more involved in their communities.

Intellectual and personal growth—dialogues foster reflection and produce positive changes in personal attitudes and behaviors.

The CU Dialogues Program is currently conducting research on the pedagogical uses of cross-cultural dialogue in higher education.