MSU Denver

What is Dialogue?

Conflict is a normal part of life. But it is not always a comfortable one. Lean into the discomfort and join us to dialogue about difficult topics in a meaningful way.

Dialogue is not debate or discussion. Rather, dialogue is a process where we invite inquiry, explore differences, and build shared understandings. In our campus community, the Dialogues Program brings together students, faculty, and staff to participate in small-group facilitated dialogues. Dialogue brings people together to deeply engage in listening, sharing our lived experiences, and challenges us to think about different perspectives other than our own. Above all, dialogue is about having a space to learn from each other despite differences and to create change by talking about action. Dialogue at MSU Denver is modeled after Intergroup Dialogue from the University of Michigan, which is a social justice approach bringing individuals together who share different identities and experiences together to dialogue.

You can download a Dialogues Program Overview document here: DialoguesProgramOverview (PDF).

The Dialogues Program is a joint partnership between the Department of Communication Studies and the Dean of Students Office. 

Special Dialogues Program Hybrid Event: Freedom of Speech & Academic Freedom

Thursday, September 30th | 2 - 3:30pm

Join us for a Hybrid Dialogue Event with a presentation by Dr. Katia Campbell & Dr. Michael Benitez on Freedom of Speech & Academic Freedom. Dr. Campbell, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Dr. Benitez, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, will speak to the complexities of free speech, academic freedom and its implications, including here at MSU Denver and other higher education institutions. They will also explore bias, or when speech turns threatening and abusive, that occur on a college campus especially for people with minoritized identities.

Here are more details:

  • the in-person location in the CAVEA (#420 JSSB)
  • the virtual Livestream option will be held over Teams Live (the link will be sent once you RSVP)
  • RSVP is required for in-person and the Livestream
  • time will be set aside toward the end for Q&A
Aerial Photo of Jordan Student Success Building, MSU Denver, Auraria Campus

Aerial Photo of Jordan Student Success Building, MSU Denver, Auraria Campus

Hybrid Small-Group Dialogues Sessions (up to 15 people and will be in-person or can join via Zoom)

Auraria Campus on a bright summer day.

Addressing Bias on Campus | Fri 10/15 | 11:30am - 1pm

This dialogue will build off of the Hybrid Livestream event on 9/30 and will dialogue about addressing bias and the complexities of free speech. This dialogue will attend to how we address this here at MSU Denver: What happens now? What do we want it to look like?

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A fall afternoon on Auraria Campus.

(RESCHEDULED) Having Difficult Conversations in the Classroom | Fri 11/19 | 11am - 12:30pm

Whether it's the classroom, a departmental meeting, or a student organization meeting, many folks are feeling stuck with how to have difficult conversations. It can be exhausting and frustrating. It can also result in harm, distrust and impacts to relationships. This dialogue will explore what can be helpful in having difficult conversations, including building relationships, community, accountability, and a brave space.

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A busy day on Auraria Campus.

What does it mean to be an anti-racist institution? | Thu 11/11 | 11am - 12:30pm

MSU Denver committed itself to be an anti-racist institution in 2020 and since then, different initiatives, committees, and conversations have started on anti-racism. This dialogue will explore what it means to be an anti-racist institution. What does the process to become anti-racist look like? How can people unlearn and learn? What are the challenges to be anti-racist? What are the successes?

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More on Dialogues:

Dialogue Stories

*Check out the Dialogue @ MSU Denver Padlet for an interactive look at dialogue news, resources, and connections to other programs at MSU Denver!

*From the Summer 2020 Dialogue Series: How do we talk about race?

*Dialogues Program Begins by Training Facilitators, Sydney Ross, MET Media, (2019)


Want to know more about Dialogues?

Please feel free to reach out to us with questions:

Communication Studies: 

Katia Campbell, Associate Professor, Communication Studies & Faculty Senate President [email protected]

Dan Lair, Chair & Associate Professor, Communication Studies [email protected]

Dean of Students Office: 

Elise Krumholz, Coordinator for Student Conflict Resolution Services [email protected]

Thomas Ragland, Director of Student Accountability & Behavioral Intervention [email protected]

Dean of Students Office Phone Number: 303-615-0220