Community Dialogues seek 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.  We hope to engage 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.

Each dialogue will include a mixture of large group and small-group activities, including introductions, an overview of the topic, dialogue, reflection, and an action-oriented closing.

This event is dialogic in nature. As such, we may not be able to accommodate late arrivals and registration is required. We ask that participants attend the full hour and a half.

Upcoming Dialogues

    Check back for Updates on Dates for 2021-2022 in the Fall.

    Have ideas for topics?  Know faculty and staff you would love to hear from at the start of a dialogue?  Send your suggestions to

    Please note that this event will not take place in-person during this term as a result of OSU's COVID-19 response.

    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

    If you are an OSU student, faculty or staff member interested in becoming a facilitator, please contact [email protected] or 541-737-3041. Learn more about Community Dialogue facilitator responsibilities and competencies.

    To learn more about the Community Dialogues initiative or request accommodations, please contact [email protected] or 541-737-3041.