Upcoming Dialogue

Spring Community Dialogue - Safety and Justice: How should communities reduce violence?

Explore multiple perspectives on the possible solutions to community safety and justice. Open to the entire OSU and Corvallis community.

Monday April 30, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm, MU Multipurpose Room 13

Please bring a reusable mug or water bottle if possible.

For accommodations related to disability please contact 541.737.9031 or jeff.kenney@oregonstate.edu.

Program Overview

Community Dialogues is a once-per-term series which seeks to cultivate connection and deep learning through exploration of critical and contentious issues. Utilizing the National Issues Forum Model we hope to engage students, faculty, staff, and community members in dialogue which:

  • Deepens understanding of critical issues and the tensions within them
  • Encourages insight into different perspectives
  • Creates connection between participants through their stories and experiences
  • Guides exploration of personal ethics, morals, and values  
  • Inspires socio-political action, both individual and collective

Community Dialogues is a new initiative offered in partnership by Student Leadership & Involvement and Diversity & Cultural Engagement.

Facilitation Overview

Facilitators are the core of our program, and we are seeking students, staff, and faculty to join us in growing a culture of dialogue at Oregon State University. We welcome registrants of all experience and skill levels.

Our facilitators are selected and trained to sustain open and respectful dialogue and create spaces for individual, interpersonal, and systemic exploration – in a broad effort to encourage a culture of dialogue at OSU.

Facilitator Competencies
Through training and practice, we expect that our facilitators will demonstrate increased capacity to:

  • Create space for difference and dialogue
  • Integrate content and process
  • Name and frame emotions
  • Cultivate connections across difference

Facilitator Registration

Facilitation trainings will be offered each term. Learn more about Community Dialogue facilitator responsibilities and competencies. 

Winter term facilitator training dates.

  • Friday February 2, 3:00 – 5:00PM, SEC 354
  • Wednesday February 7, 4:00-6:00PM, SEC 254

Facilitator training registration. The deadline to enroll in our facilitator training is Wednesday January 31, 2018.

    Contact Information

    To learn more about the Community Dialogues initiative please contact: 

    Jeff Kenney

    Community Dialogue & Engagement

    Diversity & Cultural Engagement 




    Emily Bowling

    Center for Civic Engagement

    Student Leadership & Involvement