The mission of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, an initiative of the Sustained Dialogue Institute, is to develop everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve campuses, workplaces, and communities.
Cuyahoga Community College faculty/staff/administrators and students have the unique opportunity to be the first community college in the United States to implement Sustained Dialogue. Representatives from West, Westshore, East and Metro Campuses including Student Activities, Student Affairs, Deans, and representatives from Clubs at West have been working together with Global Issues Resource Collaborative and the Office of Diversity to develop this initiative at Tri-C.
The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network supports a network of campuses to use Sustained Dialogue as a tool for creating safe spaces on college campuses to address divisive issues. At the intersection of civic engagement, leadership development, and diversity/inclusion/social justice, the goal is to transform relationships to create change on campus and to equip the next generation of leaders with tools to apply in their workplaces and communities. SD is used as a tool to increase civic competencies for individual students, as a complement to retention and achievement initiatives, and to provide participants with skills beneficial for any occupation.
Skills gained from participation in Sustained Dialogue:
Achieving consensus, ability to take different perspectives, active listening, appreciating diversity and understanding different experiences, strategic planning
There are several opportunities for student participation. These include serving as a student moderator or a participant.
Student Moderators: Currently we are recruiting students at all 4 campuses who reflect the different voices in the community as dialogue facilitators for the 2014-2015 school year. During the semester, in weekly sessions of approximately one and a half hours, moderators will co-facilitate a group of 8-12 students to engage critical issues around the big 8 of social identity including racism, ableism, socioeconomics, ethnicity, sex and gender, sexual orientation, religion, or age depending on what topics the group sees as affecting your campus most. The group will then propose college and campus-wide methods of addressing related conflicts. APPLY HERE
Skills Training Moderators will receive:
- Sustained Dialogue Moderator Training (15 hours or 2-days): Facilitated by SDCN Executive Director and Program Director, students receive training on the SDCN model, facilitation skills, 8 dimensions of social identity, etc.
- Conflict Management Skills Training - Optional (15 hours or 2-days): understanding the nature of conflict, managing emotions, de-escalating conflict, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, conflict styles, etc.
- Basic Mediation Training - Optional (20 hours or 2.5 days): Facilitated by Kent State University Mediation Trainer, students learn skills to mediate student-student conflict
- Student Participants: We are currently recruiting participants on each campus for the 2014-2015 school year. The commitment includes participating in dialogue groups each week for approximately one and a half hours per week. These students may be nominated by faculty or current student leaders. We will recruit students representing the diversity on each of the four main campuses (Metro, East, West, and Westshore) to be participants.
For a glossary of terms used in Sustained Dialogue, please download the document HERE.
Questions? Please contact Tyler Olson, Global Issues Resource Collaborative at 216-987-2582 or by email: Tyler.Olson@tri-c.edu.