Community Dialogues is a once-per-term series which seeks to cultivate connection and deep learning through exploration of critical and contentious issues. This series is focused on providing space for participants to practice the skills of dialogue and deliberation. Utilizing the National Issues Forum Model we hope to engage students, faculty, staff, and community members in dialogue which:

  • Deepens understanding of and advances complex thinking on critical issues and the tensions within them
  • Encourages insight into different perspectives
  • Creates connection between participants through their stories and experiences
  • Facilitate intergroup connections and cultivate community
  • Guides exploration of personal ethics, morals, and values  
  • Inspires socio-political action, both individual and collective
  • Allows participants to practice and cultivate dialogic skills

Community Dialogues is an initiative offered in partnership by Community Engagement & Leadership, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and University Housing & Dining Services.

Spring 2020 Dialogue - Mental Health in the U.S.: How Do We Address a Growing Problem?

This event will not take place in person as planned as a result of OSU's COVID-19 response. Any updates for a reimagined virtual event on mental health will be posted here in the coming weeks.

Explore multiple perspectives on the ways to improve mental health concerns in the United States. Open to the entire OSU and Corvallis community. Review the issue advisory to familiarize yourself with the dialogue content and the three options that will be deliberated (Put Safety First, Ensure mental health services are available to all who need them, and Let people plot their own course.).

This event is dialogic in nature. As such, we may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. We ask that participants attend the full two hours. 

For accommodations related to disability please contact 541.737.5897 or

More Information

Facilitators are the core of our program, and we are seeking students, staff, and faculty to join us in growing a culture of dialogue at OSU. We welcome registrants of all experience and skill levels. Our facilitators are selected and trained to sustain open and respectful dialogue and create spaces for individual, interpersonal, and systemic exploration in a broad effort to encourage a culture of dialogue at OSU.

Facilitator Competencies
Through training and practice, we expect that our facilitators will demonstrate increased capacity to:

  • Create space for difference and dialogue
  • Integrate content and process
  • Name and frame emotions
  • Cultivate connections across difference

Facilitation trainings will be offered approximately each term and wil be listed on this webpage. Learn more about Community Dialogue facilitator responsibilities and competencies.

Contact Information

To learn more about the Community Dialogues initiative please contact:

Brandi Douglas
Assistant Director of Outreach
Office of Institutional Diversity

Emily Bowling
Community Engagement & Leadership
Student Experiences & Engagement