Sustained Dialogue Institute

Sustained Dialogue Institute SDCN develops everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve campuses, workplaces, and communities. SDCN is an initiative of the Sustained Dialogue Institute (SDI), headquartered in Washington DC.
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SDI is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2002 to promote the process of Sustained Dialogue for transforming racial, ethnic, and other deep-rooted conflicts in the United States and abroad. Students first started using Sustained Dialogue at Princeton University in 1999. Sustained Dialogue now operates on campuses across the globe.

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Learn more about investing in dialogue with our very own Rhonda Fitzgerald!
04/08/2021
Investing in Dialogue with Rhonda Fitzgerald

Learn more about investing in dialogue with our very own Rhonda Fitzgerald!

Join us as discuss the five principles of Sustained Dialogue to facilitate healthy conversation around difficult topics like race, gender, and religion.

A New Opportunity from Our Partner!!Are you looking for a supportive community to help you develop or strengthen an init...
03/18/2021
Organizational Cohort Application

A New Opportunity from Our Partner!!

Are you looking for a supportive community to help you develop or strengthen an initiative that fosters constructive dialogue, relationships, and understanding across lines of differences on U.S. college campuses?

The Bridging Differences Community of Practice is an 8-month facilitated virtual learning experience running from the Fall of 2021 (October 2021) until the Spring of 2022 (May 2022), hosted by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC). It will center on the “Bridging Differences” online course that the GGSC will launch in October, giving participants a common reference point.

Throughout the program, participating leaders will connect around the challenges and questions they're experiencing in their work on college campuses, the successes they're seeing, and lessons learned along the way. They will learn from each other at the same time that they’re gaining research-based insights from the online course. This program is offered to participants free of charge thanks to the generous support from our funders.

The Community of Practice will be divided into two separate cohorts:

The Organizational Cohort is for organizations that do bridging work across at least five different college campuses. We’ll bring together representatives from up to 12 organizations to learn from one another, develop their skills and expertise in the space, and unite around common goals to advance their work.

The Campus Cohort is for leaders representing individual colleges and universities. These may be faculty, administrators, staff, or students who are seeking help in developing or strengthening a program on their own campus. We will engage up to 50 leaders on campuses across the United States.

More information here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_BXF-wOWoECgdhqHkXcMO8VoexphQtma2KBHR11q0_LbWgA/viewform OR https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeugK8XGkSGnf6ebK2SUB9p5TEFUb1lzTguKsidK5ELm1mXZQ/viewform

Are you looking for a supportive community to help you develop or strengthen an initiative that fosters constructive dialogue, relationships, and understanding across lines of differences on U.S. college campuses? The Bridging Differences Community of Practice is an 8-month facilitated virtual learn...

Trying to decide if a dialogue approach is best? Here are some things to consider.
03/17/2021

Trying to decide if a dialogue approach is best? Here are some things to consider.

Trying to decide if a dialogue approach is best? Here are some things to consider.

Our friends Fearless Futures is seeking facilitators to lead virtual anti-oppression workshops globally! Although it is ...
03/15/2021

Our friends Fearless Futures is seeking facilitators to lead virtual anti-oppression workshops globally! Although it is a UK based organization, they are actively seeking US-based team members.

See more info here: https://buff.ly/3rWy95q

Our friends Fearless Futures is seeking facilitators to lead virtual anti-oppression workshops globally! Although it is a UK based organization, they are actively seeking US-based team members.

See more info here: https://buff.ly/3rWy95q

Learn more about how Haverford College is striving to create an Anti-Racism culture in athletics.
03/12/2021
Anti-Racism in Athletics: What Students Are Doing

Learn more about how Haverford College is striving to create an Anti-Racism culture in athletics.

Since their inception last year, the Athletes of Color Coalition has embarked on many initiatives to dismantle racism within Haverford’s athletics—initiatives that have taken on a renewed sig…

Here are 10 of our best tips for facilitating dialogue!
03/11/2021

Here are 10 of our best tips for facilitating dialogue!

Here are 10 of our best tips for facilitating dialogue!

One part of communication that exists outside of the formal Sustained Dialogue process is apologies. Mia Mingus shares s...
03/03/2021
The Four Parts of Accountability: How To Give A Genuine Apology Part 1

One part of communication that exists outside of the formal Sustained Dialogue process is apologies. Mia Mingus shares some how-tos for us to consider.

This write-up is in two parts: The Four Parts of Accountability: How to Give a Genuine Apology Part 1 How to Give a Genuine Apology Part 2: The Apology – The What and The How This write-up…

03/01/2021
Civil Dialogues

Want to be a part of testing a new innovative platform on civil dialogue?! Earn $35 for one hour by signing up at CivilDialogues, vote on multiple resolutions in various communities, and comment as much as time allows. Interested? Email [email protected] for more information.

This site was launched by the Communitarian Network, a non-profit corporation dedicated to finding constructive solutions to social problems through morally informed policy analysis and moral dialogue. Professor Amitai Etzioni is the founder and curator of Civil Dialogues. Professor Etzioni taught a...

02/25/2021
Civil Dialogues

Visit CivilDialogues to learn about a new digital platform to foster civil discourse on urgent matters! After verifying participate identities to ensure community safety, participants can share their thoughts on dialogue pages and create related resolutions. As resolutions are developed, participants can anonymously vote to achieve consensus. Join this innovative initiative by one of our partners!

This site was launched by the Communitarian Network, a non-profit corporation dedicated to finding constructive solutions to social problems through morally informed policy analysis and moral dialogue. Professor Amitai Etzioni is the founder and curator of Civil Dialogues. Professor Etzioni taught a...

Congrats to Jessica Harris, an advisor in SDCN, on her new position as Vice Chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclus...
02/25/2021
SIUE names Jessica Harris university’s first vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion

Congrats to Jessica Harris, an advisor in SDCN, on her new position as Vice Chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville!

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook has named Jessica Harris as the university’s first vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion after a national search conducted by Dr. Cornell

Are you feeling the pressure? Try some mentally soothing projects.
02/22/2021
15 DIYs That Are Mentally Soothing

Are you feeling the pressure? Try some mentally soothing projects.

If you're worried or stressed, check out these calming DIY projects. You can get your mind off your troubles and create something beautiful.

When Self-Care Becomes A Form Of Activism
02/16/2021
5 Self-Care Methods People Are Practicing In The Election Year

When Self-Care Becomes A Form Of Activism

Americans are stressed. Not all of them, but most of them. A November 2019 study by the American Psychological Association found that 60% of Gen Z and millennials want to stay informed about the news, but following it causes stress and anxiety. On…

02/01/2021
Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation | Michigan Medicine

Take time to breathe today. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax.

Looks at how breathing exercises can help with stress relief. Includes step-by-step instructions for exercises like belly breathing, 4-7-8 breathing, and morning breathing. Offers links to more info on managing stress with guided imagery and meditation.

Seven Tips for Political Dialogue:  How can we resist the urge to avoid these topics, the exploration of which is so imp...
01/29/2021
Seven Tips for Political Dialogue

Seven Tips for Political Dialogue: How can we resist the urge to avoid these topics, the exploration of which is so important to the well-functioning of our democratic society?

How can we resist this urge to avoid political topics with others, the exploration of which is so important to the well-functioning of our democratic society?  Here are seven tips for exploring these topics through dialogue rather than partisan debate.

The election process can be a stressful one for everyone, and if you find that you are dealing with unwanted anxiety, st...
01/27/2021
Managing Post-Election Anxiety - MindWise

The election process can be a stressful one for everyone, and if you find that you are dealing with unwanted anxiety, stress, or depression, even after the election has passed, it might be time to take action.

The election process can be a stressful one for everyone, and if you find that you are dealing with unwanted anxiety, stress, or depression, even after the election has passed, it might be time to …

01/25/2021

Our partner the Free Library is seeking facilitators to lead a dialogue on race- participants' own racial histories and how their beliefs are shaped. Ideal facilitators will have experience leading dialogue on the constructions of race and whiteness, how our individual relationships and community actions address, and begin to heal scars we carry as a nation. They are intending for our conversation to have a future-focused approach on how you want to shape your future generations' understanding of race and what actions you intend to take for that. They are looking for people who are skilled with anti-racist facilitation along with experience facilitating a diverse range of participants, as they are a public library and anyone within the city can participate in these discussions. If you are interested, email Brittanie Sterner ([email protected]) and Irma Qavolli ([email protected]).

“No one should ever feel they aren’t part of the Case Western Reserve family, or Cleveland, or Ohio or the U.S.” A great...
09/19/2020
Campus Spotlight: Sustained Dialogue

“No one should ever feel they aren’t part of the Case Western Reserve family, or Cleveland, or Ohio or the U.S.” A great article about SD at our partner Case Western Reserve University

https://thedaily.case.edu/campus-spotlight-sustained-dialogue/

During a time when many felt they had no control over what was happening around them, one Sustained Dialogue group at Case Western Reserve University group latched onto their project. In the early days of the pandemic, the group, composed of faculty and staff members, could have let the work they we...

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09/16/2020

Sustained Dialogue Institute's cover photo

09/15/2020
Purple Sizzle

Our partner organization, Resetting the Table, has released a new film and discussion guide that builds empathy and recognition across lines of ideological difference and models a rare conversation that inspires even while going toward the heat of passionate political differences. Check it out here:

This is "Purple Sizzle" by Transient Pictures - Private on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

08/28/2020
Purple Sizzle

Our partner organization, Resetting the Table, has released a new film and discussion guide that builds empathy and recognition across lines of ideological difference and models a rare conversation that inspires even while going toward the heat of passionate political differences. Check it out here:

This is "Purple Sizzle" by Transient Pictures - Private on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

08/17/2020
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Check out all 5 episodes of A New Table, a video series from our friends at Life & Peace Institute, featuring SDCN Managing Director, Rhonda Fitzgerald! https://bit.ly/31XWhZX

08/06/2020

Our friends at @KindredCommunities are hiring! It is a great opportunity for an SDCN alum or partner. See the job description and link below.

"Our ideal candidate is dynamic, self-reflective and culturally proficient. He/she must believe deeply in Kindred's mission of advancing racial justice and educational equity by building interracial and interclass collaboratives of parents and staff who will lead changes in their own schools, and, over time, more widely across their communities. We are seeking someone who balances being self-motivated and results-focused with a deep belief in people and relationships as the driver to change. We prefer candidates who are fluent in Spanish, though will consider highly qualified others. We think we'll find these candidates in the fields of organizing, education, social work and psychology, though we are completely open to considering other experiences as well."

https://kindredcommunities.org/join-us/join-our-team/

07/24/2020
Life & Peace Institute

Check out this forthcoming series by Life & Peace Institute over the coming weeks! SDCN Managing Director Rhonda Fitzgerald joined in the conversation.

Distance learning isn’t working for millions of students. That’s why Generation Global have developed a student-centered...
07/20/2020
Welcome to the Generation Global Ultimate Dialogue Adventure! | Generation Global

Distance learning isn’t working for millions of students. That’s why Generation Global have developed a student-centered learning pathway that teaches dialogue skills and connects young people to their peers. ➡️

Welcome to the Generation Global Ultimate Dialogue Adventure! On this adventure, you will discover how to become a dialogue master, so that you can communicate with young people from all over the world, learn about cultural differences and similarities, and build intercultural connections. Use the m...

Check out the work of a fellow student-focused organization! Today Generation Global has launch a simplified version of ...
07/15/2020
Welcome to the Generation Global Ultimate Dialogue Adventure! | Generation Global

Check out the work of a fellow student-focused organization! Today Generation Global has launch a simplified version of their global citizenship programme, designed as a game to teach young people global dialogue skills.

Welcome to the Generation Global Ultimate Dialogue Adventure! On this adventure, you will discover how to become a dialogue master, so that you can communicate with young people from all over the world, learn about cultural differences and similarities, and build intercultural connections. Use the m...

@BeyondConflictInt has released a new report. The more we feel disliked and dehumanized by members of the other party, t...
07/13/2020
America’s Divided Mind – Beyond Conflict

@BeyondConflictInt has released a new report. The more we feel disliked and dehumanized by members of the other party, the more likely we are to dislike them in turn. But there’s good news: Our perception of others is often vastly different than reality.
Which means that middle ground is easier to find than we think it is, and healing our political divide might be easier than we think.

Understanding the Psychology That Drives Us Apart New insights from brain and behavioral science explain how polarization is fueled by Americans’ misperceptions about each other. Learn more about the psychology that drives us apart, and how we can start to reverse it. Deepening toxic polarization ...

This chart is meant to illuminate the larger systems we can't always see AND it can be used to figure out where to take ...
07/10/2020

This chart is meant to illuminate the larger systems we can't always see AND it can be used to figure out where to take action. How? Try naming an injustice that you know is happening on a national or global level. For example, "I know that statistically Black people are experiencing high rates of Covid-19 due to often being essential or frontline workers." Then brainstorm local ways you might be able to affect what might be causing that disparity. What are some other injustices that you can identify?

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Outer rectangle: Header reads “Unchangeable History”
- Intergenerationally damaging, defunct systems (slavery, colonialism, land theft and broken land treaties, genocide of Indigenous people)
- Previous presence of targeted public policy (“War on Drugs”, voter suppression, internment of Japanese-Americans, Jim Crow laws & “separate but equal”)
Largest oval: Header reads “Current Systems”
- Impact of environment
- Access to housing and transportation/Homelessness
- Chronic poverty, access to wealth
- Security, safety, & heightened exposure to violence
- Health, Wellness, Stress
- Policing and the Justice System
- Differences in educational inputs
- Presence of targeted public policy (current land claim disputes, voter suppression, detainment camps, travel bans, surveillance)
- Employment and Hiring
Middle oval: Header reads “Local Community”
- Micro-trends which make it hard to “get” systems (i.e. having a woman as your mayor and doctor may obscure gender trends)
- Local norms of who is accepted, hired, bullied, safe (in-group/out-group dynamics)
- Sometimes: Local attempts to counter systemic inequities
- Current local norms with disparate impacts across groups
Smallest oval: Header reads “Personal & Interpersonal”
- Bullying
- Being avoided due to identity
- Dehumanizing language
- Feeling misrepresented
- Being stereotyped
- Self-Hate
- Slurs
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The Program for Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan has extended the deadline for the position of LSA Faculty Co-Director and Adjunct Lecturer!
#MeetTheSDInterns Introducing our second Undergraduate Fellow, Carmen Wilson! Carmen is earning her bachelor’s degree in government & international politics with a minor in conflict analysis & resolution from George Mason University. While currently in undergrad, she is involved in Housing & Residence Life as a Resident Advisor, where she helps to ensure the safety and well-being of on-campus students. She has also interned for the Department of State, at the Foreign Service Institute, as well as with the Partnership for Public Service. In her spare time she loves to read, bake, and explore Washington D.C.
Congratulations to Prof. Meghan Sullivan on this important effort which incorporates Sustained Dialogue!
Ohio State University Law Professor and Director of the Divided Community Project Grande Lum shared his thoughts on the importance the U.S. government's Community Relations Service and where Sustained Dialogue fits into bridging divides between communities. Check out his interview with NPR!
Another 5 starer! The Nuts and Bolts of Peace-Making By Laurie F.on January 16, 2018 Thank you, Gershon Baskin, for writing this deeply informative book! Anyone who wants peace and stability in Israel and Palestine will value this riveting account of negotiations, relationship-building across political lines, analysis of past peace-attempt failures, and quirky yet admirable accounts of the personal experiences of a dedicated peacemaker. If the book gave us these only, it would be valuable, But Baskin does something additional: he shows, step-by-step and in great detail, how avowed enemies can become cooperating political partners. He holds the view that political solutions are possible even if parties to those agreements do not agree on "narrative" and that the business of reconciling narratives can happen later, in a stable political environment that gives all parties mutual safety, respect, and economic security. Read it. Hope resides in it, especially at this particularly discouraging moment in Israel-Palestine relations.
Thank you, Rhonda Fitzgerald, for presenting this information to us along with your colleague, Kathleen Anderson, at the Maryland TESOL conference today!
Powerful stuff!!!