October 2021 Changemakers Facilitators Training

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 Series

Dialogue on Socioeconomic Status & Our Experience at UF

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30pm

TOPIC: Participants will explore their varied experiences with socioeconomic status (often referred to as “class”) and how it has impacted their experience as students at UF as it intersects with race, gender and more! IN other words, how are issues of socioeconomic “class” playing out in our experiences as students at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels? How does this affect our sense of belonging?

DATES: February 2nd – March 2nd

Dialogue on Academic Competition on Mental & Emotional Health:

Thursdays, 4:30-6:00pm

TOPIC:  Participants will explore questions such as, do we treat colleges like labels that tell us about the value of those who attend? Does educational elitism foster an atmosphere of competition on campuses and during the college application process? how does that competition then impact students’ mental and emotional health? How have your experiences around this at UF impacted your college experience?

DATES: February 3rd – March 3rd

Past Topics Include: Dialogue on Our American Identity and Dialogue on Imposter Syndrome & Sense of Belonging at UF.
Do you have ideas for future topics? Send them to a.wittebort@ufl.edu.


Become part of the movement

Do you want to become part of the movement?

Join the leadership team or request our team to facilitate a dialogue for your group and more!

Please fill out this form and reach out to Manda directly.


Let's Talk

Manda Wittebort: A.wittebort@ufl.edu


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.

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/