OUR PURPOSE FOR DIALOGUE
To empower the UF community to act through emboldened conversation where diversity and power is not only recognized, but also promoted to legitimize students’ identities and experiences.
WHAT IS DIALOGUE?
Dialogue is an opportunity to connect with others along lines of difference. In dialogue we practice awareness
and empathy by listening deeply to each other’s stories. Dialogue seeks to break out of like-minded
clusters to reveal human commonalities. The process challenges us to be open to being changed and then
take action. This is what we mean when we say dialogue is more than just talk.
By participating in this training in Intergroup Dialogue, you will develop your leadership skills and receive the tools necessary for you to thrive in any space at UF! Don’t miss out on this chance to improve your communication skills, connect with others along lines of difference, and practice awareness, empathy, openness, respect and curiosity. Students volunteering for the program will receive training (Weekend of September 23-25), a certificate of completion, and the opportunity to facilitate upcoming dialogues.
Applications for facilitator training are now closed.
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“During a dialogue, I facilitated on imposter syndrome amongst student participants, students from disciplines ranging from physics to public health spoke about the isolation they experienced moving to the university from their communities. International students shared how intimidating it was to take classes in a second language with native speakers. Domestic students shared how they felt equally intimidated by their international peers, who they felt often had to be overqualified to get into their program and were equipped with more knowledge in their field. This open discussion challenged us to identify our assumptions of each other, ask reflective questions, and listen more deeply when others expressed experiences different from our own.
Using dialogue circles like these, I envision myself improving care for patients who have been historically disadvantaged and becoming an advocate for their communities.”
Community Agreements: AKA ‘agreements’ or ‘guidelines,’ are
guidelines for discussion that participants agree to try to
abide by during a dialogic or deliberative process.
Brave Space: Spaces wherein students, teachers, and citizens
can come together to have hard conversations and
hear each other out- especially when that is challenging.
Social Identity: Our identities within the context of the
different social groups that we belong to such as ethnicity,
race, sexual orientation, gender, class, occupation,
disability status, religion, and nationality.
Experiential Learning: Learning through reflection or