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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 with your questions.

Campus and Community 03.09.20
Seven Tips for Political Dialogue

How can we resist this urge to avoid political topics with others, the exploration of which is so important to the well-functioning of our democratic society?  Here are seven tips for exploring these topics through dialogue rather than partisan debate.

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Campus and Community 02.20.20
Dialogue in the Classroom

Dialogue can function as a powerful pedagogical mechanism in a classroom.  Dialogue invites students into the educational process as active protagonists who are learning how to engage the world in which they live in ways meaningful to them rather than passive recipients of the information that someone else provides. The Dialogue Zone welcomes collaboration with instructors in thinking about how they might incorporate dialogue into their classrooms.

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Diversity and Inclusion 01.28.20
Our First Dialogue Series: A Take on Equity

Our first series of conversations in the Dialogue Zone began as a sequel to an Inclusive Excellence Academy workshop held during the fall of 2019. The staff at the Dialogue Zone thought that creating a space for folks to reflect further on the issue would be a useful strategy to apply this concept to other areas of the life of the University. The idea was to inquire freely into the topic through a dialogical framework in which participants could revise and share their own ideas, experiences, and perspectives. Although in dialogue a path to action is not necessary, what we found with this series is that action might come as a seamless and natural subsequent step.

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Campus and Community 11.01.19
Dialogue as a Mechanism of Organizational Learning

Dialogue can be a valuable part of a larger process of collective action.  Through dialogue, participants can build mutual understanding before, during, or after specific steps are taken.  In such cases, dialogue can infuse a line of action on the part of a group or organization with the potential for individual and collective learning.  Organizational units at UD might look to the Dialogue Zone to serve as a partner as they think about their plans for action and improvement. Facilitators can assist in developing regular spaces for collective reflection, separate from decision-making and implementation but fundamentally tied to these as elements of a larger process of strategic action.

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Dialogue Zone

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

10am to 5am

Full List of Hours