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Dialogues Program at MSU Denver

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.


What is Dialogue?

Dialogue is not debate or discussion. Rather, dialogue is a process where we invite inquiry, explore differences, and build shared understandings. Dialogue brings people together to deeply engage in listening, sharing our individual 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. 

In our campus community, the Dialogues Program brings together students, faculty, and staff to participate in small-group dialogues. These dialogues are offered through semester-based series, single opportunities, can be tailored to fit the classroom, department meeting, student organization event, program discussion, and many other settings. We also host other events that encourage community building and understanding. 

Please join us for our upcoming events:


Summer 2020 Dialogue Series

How Do We Talk About Race? 

As a result of the recent and on-going events across the country related to police violence and communities of color, many in the campus community may be struggling to identify how they feel, provide support to others, engage with others on social media, talk with their kids, and how to talk with their coworkers in a way that feels both genuine and productive. 

Within the context of covid-19, social distancing, and experiencing a health crisis that had wide ripple effects itself, the Dialogues program is offering a summer series to talk about, talking about race. 

Please click on the below links to access and/or RSVP for our summer series. Staff, faculty and staff are welcome. 


A note on the summer schedule:

Please be aware that the dialogue sessions may have limited capacity. You may be placed on a waitlist if you sign-up after we have reached our capacity for those events. We will let you know if spots open up and if we are able to plan an additional session. We also recognize that there may be a session that you cannot attend. We scheduled the sessions for different days and times in the hopes that there is an option that may work for you. 

The Livestream Panel event on June 12 does not have any limits! You can join simply by clicking the livestream link at the time of the event. 


Students Walking in front of the Tivoli Student Union during winter with snow on the ground

Friday, June 12 | 1 - 2:30pm | Livestream: How Do We Talk About What's Going On?

Listen In to a Livestreamed Panel of MSU Denver Scholars

Moderated by Dr. Katia Campbell, Communication Studies & Faculty Senate President, the scholars will discuss what is happening now with the recent protests in response to African American lives lost, policing, and systemic racism. The panel will also discuss dialogue, both its benefits and its limits.
Aerial View of students walking towards the Jordan Student Success Building

Wednesday, June 24 | 2 - 3:30pm | Dialogue: How Do We Talk to Our Kids?

RSVP to Dialogue with others over Microsoft Teams

This dialogue will cover talking about race and what is going on right now with kids. The dialogue will uncover how these conversations look different based on our identities and experiences. The dialogue will include discussion about how families of color often have "the talk" with their kids and what that means. The dialogue will also include discussion about how white parents explain racism to children.
Students Sitting in front of St. Cajetan's during fall

Tuesday, July 7 | 11 - 12:30pm | Dialogue: How Do We Talk to Our Friends and Family?

RSVP to Dialogue over Microsoft Teams

Talking with our families and friends about race can be difficult, especially if many of your conversations end in disagreement. This dialogue will have the group discuss how to encourage openness in the heart and mind during these conversations. The dialogue will also include discussion about how to provide support to our loved ones if they experience racism and/or are reflecting on their relationship with oppression.
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