Who We Are

The CU Dialogues Program, housed under CU Engage: The Center for Community-Based Learning and Research within the School of Education, engages diverse audiences of the CU-Boulder community in open conversation on difficult topics and across differences of all kinds.  

What is a Dialogue?

A dialogue is a facilitated conversation that creates a welcoming space for open discussion of important and sometimes controversial topics.  A facilitated dialogue increases understanding of an issue through open communication across social and cultural differences and/or power differentials.

What We Do

Our mission is to enhance the educational experience at CU-Boulder by engaging diverse communities within the University in open conversation with one another.  We achieve this mission by facilitating dialogues in CU classes and other campus and community settings that:

  • encourage open sharing of multiple perspectives
  • invite reflective listening;
  • generate critical thinking about complex issues

To meet this mission, we engage four primary work areas that intersect and strengthen one another to promote inclusion, social intelligence and dialogue across difference.

  1. Facilitated Dialogues: We facilitate classroom dialogues and outreach dialogues throughout the campus community and the wider Boulder community.

  2. Dialogues Curriculum: We offer a 3-credit undergraduate course, "Dialogue Across Difference," which provides students the opportunity to learn what dialogue entails, practice dialogue, and be trained as dialogue facilitators.

  3. Dialogic Pedagogy: We offer professional development for graduate students and faculty in dialogic pedagogy. 

  4. Research and Development: We conduct assessment on our classroom dialogues and contribute to the fields of dialogue practice and dialogue as a pedagogy through funded research, conference presentations, publications and networking with colleagues at CU and around the country.