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. 

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

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

We have three main areas of work: facilitating dialogues, offering an undergraduate course, and providing professional development for graduate students and faculty.

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

Course: 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.

Professional Development: We offer professional development for graduate students and faculty in dialogic pedagogy.