Upcoming Dialogue

Fall Community Dialogue - Land of Plenty: How should we ensure people have the food they need?

Explore multiple perspectives on strategies to actualize food security and food justice. Open to the entire OSU and Corvallis community. Review the dialogue options summary and participant dialogue guide to familiarize yourself with the dialogue content. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm, MU Horizon Room 49

Please bring a reusable mug or water bottle if possible.

For accommodations related to disability please contact 541.737.7673 or emily.bowling@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, Diversity & Cultural Engagement, and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Annual Schedule

Winter '18 Dialogue (Thursday, February 15, 2018):  Climate Choices - How should we meet the challenges of a warming planet?

Spring '18 Dialogue (Monday, April 30, 2018):  Safety and Justice - How should communities reduce violence?

Fall '18 Dialogue (Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6-8pm, MU Horizon Room): Land of Plenty - How should we enure that people have the food they need?

Winter '19 Dialogue (Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 6-8pm, MU Horizon Room):  Coming to America - Who should we welcome, what should we do?

Spring '19 Dialogue (Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6-8pm, MU Horizon Room): Land Use Conflict - When city and country clash

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. 

Fall term facilitator training date:

  • To Be Determined

Facilitator training registration. The deadline to enroll in our fall facilitator training is TBD.

    Contact Information

    To learn more about the Community Dialogues initiative please contact: 

    Jeff Kenney

    Director of Institutional Education for Diversity, Equity + Inclusion 

    Office of Institutional Diversity




    Emily Bowling

    Center for Civic Engagement

    Student Leadership & Involvement