What do we mean by “dialogue?”
In dialogue, unlike debate and other forms of discussion, each participant listens mindfully to others, asking questions to elicit more information rather than to make a point.
Key Principles of Dialogue:
• Be willing to have a conversation rather than make an appeal for one side or the other.
• Listen not in order to agree, but in order to understand
• Acknowledge different understandings of self and other, group dignity, integrity and purpose, security, values, beliefs, and what is just
• Recognize that social identities and conflicts are collective constructions informed by narratives that people use to differentiate themselves
• Move to action by finding shared goals
• Reconstruct relationships within one’s own group and with other groups that can function with difference and complexity.
Who runs the dialogues?
Queens College students in the CERRU
train to become dialogue facilitators. They learn how to create and maintain a safe space for sharing perspectives, how to structure a dialogue session, and how to deal with conflict within the groups. CERRU fellows then choose the dialogue topics, plan the design of the dialogue events, and facilitate the dialogues.
Who comes to the dialogues?
CERRU dialogues are open to students, staff, and faculty on the Queens College campus.
When is the next dialogue?
We'd love to see you at our next dialogue! Check our
page for more details!
Lunchtime 2.0 is an initiative aimed at redefining the way we think of college cafeterias. Campuses across the US are becoming more diverse; however, not enough is being done to provide a mechanism for diverse students to engage and listen to each other. Once a week, CERRU takes over a section of the cafeteria to pair up QC students and engage in discussion and understanding.