What We Do

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CDD is involved in engagement, facilitation, conflict resolution, and education about the processes of dialogue and deliberation. Please explore our site to learn more about what we do.





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Our Mission

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The mission of the Office of Campus Dialogue and Deliberation (CDD) is to promote and foster sustained engagement among students, faculty and staff of the UC Davis community across divisive issues through dialogue and deliberation.  CDD supports respectful dialogue that allows individuals and groups with different points of view to participate vigorously and to work collectively.

About the Director

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Carolyn Penny, J.D.

Carolyn Penny serves as Director of Campus Dialogue and Deliberation at the University of California, Davis, working at the juncture of conflict resolution, public engagement, and group dynamics to design and deliver initiatives to resolve issues and build community across the campus. 

Upcoming Events

** Early Applications Now Being Accepted ** 


October 19 - 20, 2018

Open to graduate and undergraduate students, staff, and academics.  

Click here for additional details and application link.

  • Dialogue is about bringing together many voices, many stories, many perspectives, many experiences with a goal to increase understanding about others and ourselves. It is a safe and honest facilitated discussion aimed at providing an opportunity to tell your story, listen to others and build understanding. Jen Murphy, George Mason University’s UDRP Dialogue Project
  • Dialogue is about what we value and how we define it. It is about discovering what our true values are, about looking beyond the superficial and automatic answers to our questions. Dialogue is about expanding our capacity for attention, awareness and learning with and from each other. It is about exploring the frontiers of what it means to be human, in relationship to each other and our world. Glenna Gerard, The Dialogue Group
  • A dialogue is a forum that draws participants from as many parts of the community as possible to exchange information face-to-face, share personal storied and experiences, honestly express perspectives, clarify viewpoints, and develop solutions to community concerns. President Bill Clinton, Initiative on Race
  • The purpose of dialogue is to explore alternative viewpoints, to foster respect and understanding, and to help gain greater skill both communicating and working more effectively across social and ethnic boundaries. Ethnic Dialogues, University of Kentucky Student Center
  • Dialogue is a process of genuine interaction through which human beings listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn. Each makes a serious effort to take others’ concerns into her or his own picture, even when disagreement persists. No participant gives up her or his identity, but each recognizes enough of the other’s valid human claims that he or she will act differently toward the other.  Harold Saunders,  A Public Peace Process