Difficult Dialogues is at the core of CERRU’s programming. This initiative brings together diverse groups of students on the Queens College campus to take part in dialogues and creative training sessions facilitated by members of CERRU. Students are encouraged to engage each other in meaningful discussions about a wide variety of issues – some contentious – in an effort to foster cross-cultural understanding.
One of the goals of the program is to increase students’ ability to understand and empathize with a wide range of experience and opinion. During the dialogue sessions, our student facilitators lead groups of students in discussion regarding contentious issues on campus and in the community. Participants are encouraged to listen actively, and without judgment, even if they do not agree.
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.