CU Dialogues Program:

The CU Dialogues Program's mission is to enhance the educational experience at CU-Boulder by engaging diverse communities within the University in honest conversation with one another.

We achieve this by facilitating intergroup dialogues in CU classes and other campus community settings.

 

Classroom Dialogues

 

The CU Dialogues Program facilitates dialogues in CU classes in order to provide experiential learning opportunities that complement course content across a range of disciplines. Facilitated and, when needed, simultaneously-translated dialogues encourage honest communication across social, cultural and power differentials and build understanding through the open sharing of experiences and perspectives.

Examples of dialogue topics include, but are not limited to:

  • human migration, immigrants' experiences and immigration policy
  • cultural difference and identity formation
  • cross-cultural or intra-cultural gender perspectives
  • communication across social, cultural or political differences

 

Classroom dialogues are scheduled upon faculty request. The CU Dialogues Program Coordinator plans dialogues in consultation with faculty and tailors dialogues to fit specific course content. We invite members of the University community and the Boulder community at large to attend classroom dialogues and share experiences and perspectives relevant to course content.

Campus Community Dialogues

The CU Dialogues Program serves as a resource for diverse campus constituencies who want to engage in honest conversation with one another across cultural or socio-economic divides. Upon request, the Dialogues Program assists units, departments, and student groups across campus in developing dialogues that fit their specific needs.

Value of Facilitated Dialogues:

  • Dialogues encourage thoughtful discussion of complex, sometimes contentious issues or topics within classroom settings.
  • A dialogue is deliberately non-polarized; it broadens awareness of many viewpoints without promoting a particular agenda or legitimizing any one point of view.
  • Person-to-person exchange fosters respect for individuals and encourages mutual understanding.

 

The CU Dialogues Program serves all sectors of the University community, including academic departments/units, RAPs and residence halls, student organizations, and housing/dining services staff.

 

 

For more information click here, or contact the CU Dialogues Program Coordinator, Pilar Prostko, at pilar.prostko@colorado.edu.