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.

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.

What's the difference between

Discuss means to retain relationships and seek
solutions in a clean and sophisticated way.

Debate means to compete to form counterarguments
and “win.”

Dialogue means to discover collective meaning
and listen without judgement to build relationships.

What do you get out of this?

  • Support & challenge self and others to engage
    more openly, honestly & effectively
  • Expand your understanding & relationships,
    even if maintaining your own positions &
    values (be open to change)
  • Become comfortable using “I-statements” to
    describe your personal experiences

Current opportunities

Changemakers' Dialogue Facilitator training

Application Due
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
pending available spaces.


Training Dates
Saturday Oct 2nd | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday Oct 3rd | 9 am-1 pm
Food Provided • On Campus

Changemakers' Dialogue Series

Dialogue Series #1
Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm

TOPIC: Dialogue on Our American Identity: Participants will explore their varied experiences with that: born, immigrant, traveled/lived abroad, generational and more. We are not trying to define who “is” American, but sharing experiences that help expand and deepen.

DATES: October 18 -November 15

Dialogue Series #2
Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30pm
TOPIC: Dialogue on Imposter Syndrome & Sense of Belonging at UF: Participants will explore questions such as, from the perspective of diversity, do you feel like you belong at UF? What are experiences that have increased your sense of belonging? What are experiences that have decreased your sense of belong?
DATES: October 18 – November 15

Student Led Leadership Opportunities



Ground Rules: 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
direct experience.

Let's Talk

Manda Wittebort: Awittebort@ufsa.ufl.edu

Brave Space. AllSides. (n.d.). https://www.allsides.com/dictionary/brave-space.
NCDD Glossary. NCDD Resource Center. (2014, September 6). https://ncdd.org/rc/glossary/