Attendees will dialogue about the issues that need to be tackled first by the new Denver mayor.
RSVP here! For the Forum on Faculty Workload
Forum on Faculty Workload
Please join us for our open forum on faculty workload. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend either in person or virtually. Interim Provost, Dr. Marie Mora, and Faculty Trustee, Dr. Meredith Jeffers, will give a 10-15 minute update from the Workload Taskforce on data and timelines before we open the floor for discussion. This is a space to be authentic and candid. Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to ask questions, raise any concerns, and engage in constructive dialogue.
Discussion Facilitator: Dr. Katia Campbell, Professor and Chair of Communication Studies, Founder and Co-Facilitator: MSU Denver Dialogues Program, co-lead: Strategic Communication Working Group
Communication Systems and Plans Lead: Andrea Smith, Associate Vice President of Strategic Communication and co-lead of the Strategic Communication working group on the Cross-Functional Workload Task Force.
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: Dialogues Program Overview (PDF).
The Dialogues Program is a joint partnership between the Department of Communication Studies and the Dean of Students Office.
Attend MSU Denver's 1st Dialogue & Civic Engagement Week!
March 27 - March 31
Attend a debate between student teams on the Mayor's Priorities!
This team-based debate will focus on what the next Denver Mayor should focus on once they enter office.
Denver has not had a new mayor since 2011 and there are many issues affecting this year’s packed ballot, including housing, homelessness, economic development in our “post-pandemic” community.
Student Teams from Denver Urban Debate League, Diversity & Communication in the US, and the Leftist Book Club will present and defend their cases for what Denver’s next mayor should prioritize. Mayoral candidates are invited, and there will be food!
Tivoli Adirondacks (440) or Zoom Livestream
Wednesday, March 29 | 3:30 – 5:30PM
Civility is a common theme in election season. What should we make of it?
Additional Dialogues & Civic Engagement Week Events
Student Exchange Dialogue: MSU- Denver & UNC Greely | March 28
Pop Culture, Social Identities & Dialogue | March 30 | Come by Central Classroom 110!!
Enjoy a more informal hang out to wrap up Dialogue & Civic Engagement Week
at the Tivoli Brewery
More on Dialogues:
All dialogues are different. As a participant in dialogue, you may engage in a facilitated discussion, self-reflection, small group discussions, and activities. Typically, dialogue consists of about 15 people with 2 facilitators. The facilitators will have a plan for the flow of dialogue, but ultimately it is up to the participants on where it goes.
You should expect dialogue to be uncomfortable. Dialogue bridges the gap of understanding by allowing for space where people bravely confront uncomfortable conversations with vulnerability, trust, and openness. By allowing people to voluntarily enter a situation where they know they will be sharing opinions that will be challenged, and listening to others’ opinions and struggles, dialogue helps us understand each other in a deeper way. Engaging in dialogue is not easy and it can be difficult building trust in a room full of potential strangers or over virtual platforms.
The purpose of dialogue is to uphold each person’s dignity, challenge each other’s perspectives, and be respectful of each other’s voice. The beginning of each dialogue will start with norms and community building to ensure that we are all on the same page. Facilitators guide the dialogue and help the group uphold the norms.
To learn more about what makes dialogue different than other communication methods, please click on Debate, Discussion, & Dialogue Handout (2008) (PDF).
Norms are fluid and are often constructed by each group. Below are some common norms from Intergroup Dialogue:
We commit to confidentiality. What’s learned here leaves here, what’s shared here stays here. Help create a brave space where people can honestly engage and stay in this space.
Our primary commitment is to learn from each other. We will listen to each other and not talk at each other to prepare us to help raise our awareness and understanding of differences and similarities through this process.
Expect and accept a lack of closure. This is the start of a conversation. We will be challenging assumptions and pushing ourselves to think in ways we may not be used to, which may leave us with lingering questions and thoughts.
Monitor your airtime. Be mindful of taking up more space than others. On the same note, empower yourself to speak up when others are dominating the conversation.
We will work with awareness of status differences within this workshop. We recognize that there may be significant differences in position and power among participants. We understand that we learn when we are vulnerable and that we respect the limits people set for themselves on what they want to disclose.
When we challenge, we challenge the idea, not the person. We will not demean, devalue, or “put down” people for their experiences, lack of experiences, or difference in interpretation of those experiences.
We will trust that people are always doing the best they can and we are all co-learners. We recognize that it is very likely that we have learned misinformation about our own group and members of other groups. We will hold ourselves and others responsible for repeating misinformation or offensive behavior after we have learned otherwise.
Dialogues are offered through a semester-based series, single opportunities, and can be tailored to fit the classroom, department meeting, student organization event, program discussion, in your community-based organization, and in other settings. We also can host and facilitate other events that encourage community building and understanding.
If you are interested in bringing dialogue to you or partnering on a dialogue event, please contact Elise Krumholz at [email protected].
We will collaborate with you to develop and facilitate a dialogue to help you address a complex or contentious issue. During the initial consultation, we will discuss what you would like to achieve, how to prepare your class/program/organization for dialogue, and what the facilitated dialogue will look like.
Want to know more about Dialogues?
Please feel free to reach out to us with questions:
Katia Campbell, Associate Professor, Communication Studies & Faculty Senate President [email protected]
Dan Lair, Chair & Associate Professor, Communication Studies [email protected]