Sustained Dialogue

Sustained dialogue

Interactive conversations that transform relationships, positively impact campus culture, and create informed community change.

“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 their own picture, even when disagreement persists. No participant gives up their identity, but each recognizes enough of the other’s valid human claims so that they will act differently toward the other.”

–  Hal Saunders, board chair and founder, Sustained Dialogue Institute
Senior Middle East diplomat and a key drafter of the Camp David Peace Accords

Semester-long Dialogue Opportunities for Spring Semester 2018

Hollins University is among the more than 40 colleges and universities that are a part of Sustained Dialogue (SD), a dialogue-to-action process that brings small groups of students, faculty, and staff from widely different backgrounds together for a semester of deep discussion.

Semester-long groups begin the week of February 12. These interactive small group sessions, which meet at the same time each week and are led by trained faculty, staff, and student facilitators, focus on deep listening, building relationships, and working across differences to create informed community change. Sessions are Mondays, 1:10 – 2:40 p.m., and Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6 p.m.  Register 

Through SD, participants develop a diverse set of leadership skills, including strong personal identity awareness; a clearer understanding of identities different from their own; knowledge of social justice concepts and systemic inequities; greater capacity for perspective sharing, empathy, facilitation, and conflict resolution; and more. The goal is to build relationships and develop informed strategies to improve the campus community.

For more information about Sustained Dialogue, contact Idella Glenn, special advisor on inclusivity and diversity, at