"Deliberative dialogue" refers to a face-to-face method of communication where a small, diverse group of individuals exchange ideas and opinions in search of the best solution to a problem. This democratic style of dialogue and deliberation help build civic capacities by teaching students how to come together and have productive discussions (not debates) about the most complex and often divisive social issues we encounter today. It teaches students to look for common ground and be willing to compromise when appropriate to help build consensus in how solutions are reached when solving public problems.
CCSJ will be offering several opportunities to engage in deliberative dialogues - through deliberative dialogue moderator training, and through moderated discussion.
Students trained in deliberative dialogue will have the opportunity to serve as moderators for two deliberative dialogue sessions this academic year: A Conversation About Climate Change in partnership with Geography & Geology and the Office of Sustainability, as well as a session on race and social justice in partnership with the Diversity & Embracement Committee, utilizing Dr. Holland's T.R.U.T.H. Talk Series (True Racial Understanding Through Honest Talks), which is designed to keep the campus community talking about issues of race, diversity, and inclusion.
A Conversation About Climate Change will be hosted October 26, 2017, location and time TBA. Race and Social Justice will be hosted February 20, 2018, location and time TBA.
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