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Dialogue Zone

Located in Roesch Library, the Dialogue Zone is an inter- and trans-disciplinary curricular and co-curricular initiative that brings together faculty, staff, students and community members in a common space, to engage in research, learning, and practice focused on facilitated dialogue as a primary method for understanding different social and cultural perspectives.

Dialogue is a communicative process in which people with different perspectives seek understanding. Participants in dialogue need not adopt each other's views, nor must their interaction result in agreement. Rather, mutual understanding is their primary goal.


  • Training for faculty, staff, and students who wish to build their capacity for engaging in dialogue
  • Facilitation for individuals and groups who seek understanding in light of challenging and potentially divisive topics
  • Support for faculty who wish to incorporate dialogue into their courses
  • Programs that build awareness of and appreciation for the potential of dialogue in promoting decision-making, peacebuilding, and reconciliation through nonviolent means in the local community and throughout the world
  • Reservable space where faculty, staff, and students can develop and facilitate their own programs relating to dialogue
  • Opportunities for research and scholarship relating to dialogue.

If you want to know more about the Dialogue Zone, or dialogue in general, please take a look at our FAQs or you can email dialoguezone@udayton.edu with your questions.

Campus and Community 09.10.19
The Dialogue Zone Celebrates Its Launch: Sep 23-27

The Dialogue Zone will be celebrating its launch during the week of September 23-27.  During this week, we will be hosting a number of events to showcase the diverse programs that the space can accommodate.  All programs will be taking place in the Dialogue Zone on the first floor of Roesch Library, Room 107.

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Campus and Community 09.03.19
First Cohort of Facilitators Convenes

The first cohort of facilitators for the Dialogue Zone met this week to explore opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage each other on key topics affecting campus.  Twenty-six people from various offices and departments across the University spent a morning together, reviewing key skills, principles, and approaches for facilitating dialogue.

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Campus and Community 08.22.19
The Dialogue Zone Opens Its Doors

After several years of envisioning the possibilities, the Dialogue Zone is opening its doors during the Fall 2019 term.  At a time when incivility, polarization, violence, distrust, and alienation are reflected in public discourse in potentially alarming ways, the Dialogue Zone represents an alternative way of engaging people in one’s community with different views and perspectives that resists approaching other people as opponents or obstacles to be overcome.  Whereas debate involves contending with another with a win-lose orientation, dialogue seeks mutual understanding.  However, building understanding through dialogue is not an easy process.

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CONTACT

Dialogue Zone

Roesch Library, Room 107
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1360
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Today's Hours

10am to 12am


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