March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Wednesday, March 6 • 2:15pm - 3:25pm
Let's Talk About It: Building Community through Dialogue

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Dialogue is a structured way to discuss sensitive topics that typically elicit divergent perspectives and opinions. While this approach is built on a tried and true practice, its application is innovative: UC San Diego has used it as a tool to teach students how to address controversial topics, as well as learn about and appreciate different beliefs and ways of being. As one student noted, “It’s rare to have moments like these where we set aside our busy schedules and actively talk about things challenging our society.” Through storytelling, participants build empathy, respect, and mutual understanding. This session will use storytelling in the form of dialogue circles as a tool to build community. This session will introduce and demonstrate ways to use dialogue circles to hear the stories that shape communities, understand community needs, and build inclusivity. Through participation in a community building dialogue on “Borders,” attendees will be immersed in the circle process; what drives this approach and the challenges that come with it. Participants will learn about the history of dialogue circles, its foundations in restorative justice and the structure of UCSD’s program. At the close, participants will reflect on and discuss the process, and brainstorm applications.


Katy Brecht

Communication & Leadership Program Coordinator, UC San Diego
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Catherine Lettieri

Community Service Program Coordinator, UC San Diego

Wednesday March 6, 2019 2:15pm - 3:25pm PST
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