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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 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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Campus and Community 10.28.19
What is Dialogue?

Dialogue is an ambiguous term, one for which people have many different meanings.  As the Dialogue Zone defines it, dialogue is “a communicative process in which people with different perspectives seek understanding.” To be in dialogue means that participants are not only engaging each other in light of their different views, but they are also striving to achieve a degree of mutual understanding.  However, dialogue does not always go smoothly, nor is it always easy.

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Campus and Community 10.08.19
Creating Opportunities for Dialogue and Continuing Conversation

The Dialogue Zone had a successful celebration of its launch during the week of September 23 to 27.  As the initiative moves forward and thoughts turn towards the programming that will take place in the space over the remainder of the semester, the power of dialogue to build understanding across diverse viewpoints is becoming increasingly evident.  

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Campus and Community 09.19.19
Engaging in Dialogue about Racism/Antiracism at UD

This week, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of History and International Relations and the founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, visited the University of Dayton as the 2019 Inclusive Excellence Scholar.  A racist, he argued, is anyone who espouses ideas that assume the superiority or inferiority of one racial group over others or supports policies that create inequities among racial groups through their action or inaction.  Ultimately, racist policies must change if a more equitable society is to develop.  To provide a space for dialogue about these compelling ideas, the Dialogue Zone is hosting two sessions next week for people to come together and continue to examine Dr. Kendi’s arguments.

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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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Dialogue Zone

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

10am to 10pm

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