At this time of deeply polarized political and personal tensions among the people in the United States, imagine a group of the leaders of tomorrow talking seriously with each other about their points of view and the life experiences that bring them to their conclusion. That’s the work of UC Davis Dialogue Seminars – participants learn not only how to tolerate different points of view but they also see and respect the human needs that underlie a disputing point of view.
In the Dialogue Seminars, first year students engage with their peers in small groups of 15-19 participants to share experiences, listen deeply, and take others’ concerns into their own pictures. Participants do not give up their identities; instead, they recognize enough of the other’s valid human claims that they will act differently toward the other.
These dialogues are facilitated by trained Student Facilitators. Between dialogue sessions, seminar participants work with online materials to learn the conceptual principles, social science, and communication tools that are part of dialogue. These principles and skills apply to human interactions throughout courses of study and life.
Become a Student Facilitator!
Student Facilitators will enroll in a 2-unit course in preparation for their role, prior to serving as a dialogue seminar facilitator. During the quarter when a student serves as Facilitator, they will concurrently enroll in a 3-unit course for ongoing coaching, mentoring, and problem solving.
Through this unique opportunity facilitating a seminar as an undergraduate, students will learn best practices for teaching and classroom management, and will develop strong dialogue moderation skills.
In addition, Student Facilitators must complete the annual two-day training, ‘Sustained Dialogue Moderator Training' held in October.
Sustained Dialogue Moderator Training teaches inclusive leadership and conflict resolution skills such as inquiry, influence, mindful listening, facilitation, and convening. Participants will learn the critical skills needed to moderate dialogues about difficult and often divisive issues.
Applications for 2019 are closed at this time.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about becoming a seminar facilitator.