Sustained Dialogue 2020

Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to join the Sustained Dialogue Program this fall and help make a positive impact on the campus community.

Now in its seventh year, the CWRU Sustained Dialogue program brings together individuals from various backgrounds to discuss campus, local and national issues of concern, including diversity and inclusion matters.

Dialogue groups are forming now; those interested can apply via CampusGroups. The deadline to apply is Aug. 24.

Groups meet weekly to share their experiences and perspectives and work collectively to suggest ways to make campus more welcoming and inclusive. The program is open to CWRU students, staff and faculty. No experience or special skills are needed to participate.

Benefits of Sustained Dialogue include:

  • Meeting individuals from across campus;
  • Developing new friendships;
  • Enhancing communication and listening skills;
  • Learning how to effectively engage in critical conversations;
  • Gaining tools for and comfort in engaging with individuals from various backgrounds; and
  • Developing proposals for positive change at CWRU.

Learn more about Sustained Dialogue.

Additionally, members of the campus community are invited to become fall 2020 Sustained Dialogue Moderators through a virtual training offered on Saturday, September 26, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or September 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moderator training is mandatory for anyone interested in becoming a Sustained Dialogue moderator. However, the training also will benefit those looking to:

  • Learn more about Sustained Dialogue;
  • Practice the art of dialogue before joining a group; or
  • Learn skills to help facilitate important conversations in the classroom, within offices or organizations.

The training is free, but registration is required. 

The Sustained Dialogue program and training is sponsored by the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Engagement, First-Year Experience and Family Programs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.