Last month, Denison University’s Sustained Dialogue (SD) organized a documentary screening to commemorate MLK day. Sustained Dialogue is an organization dedicated to fostering discussions and relationships that focus on issues of diversity of class, age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, political ideation, and region among students. It is a talk with a purpose that focuses on strained community relationships and builds capacity between group members to formulate action to improve them. MLK day is therefore a great opportunity to bring dialogue regarding the current racial religious conflicts to the table.
What is Sustained Dialogue?
Sustained Dialogue’s mission is to develop everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve campuses, workplaces, and communities. It envisions a world in which all people have the tools to create the communities they dream of so people of all identities can thrive.
COURAGE: to engage those different from ourselves, to challenge bias in others and ourselves, and to take action to address inequities
What is a Moderator?
EMPATHY: a willingness to listen deeply to others – especially in moments of conflict; leads to more inclusive worldviews
SPIRIT OF INQUIRY: learn from each other, rigorously evaluate our efforts, analyze data to inform our program and operations strategies
CONTINUITY: commitment to sustained engagement to facilitate lasting impact in communities and organizations
COLLABORATION: examine relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, and communities; collaborate to ignite deeper impact
Harmony’s Café is a program series sponsored by the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement (CCCE). It started last semester (Fall 2013) and was a great success! Some of the programs we had were:
Teach for America: Discussion About Education in the United States and Abroad
Foreign Films (Volver & Kai Po Che)
Asian Culture Club: Ghost Festival
Black Student Union: Diversity? At Denison? Discussion
Middle Eastern Culture Club: Axis of Evil Comedy Film
How can I host an event for Harmony’s Café?
Collaborative Efforts to Facilitate Dialogue
Thursday October 10th marked the third event on campus concerning the conflict in Syria. Leaders from MECO (Middle Eastern Cultural Organization), Amnesty International, and SD (Sustained Dialogue) came together and facilitated a dialogue concerning the current conflict in Syria. Open to all on campus, the event came into being after some of the facilitators were “talking casually when they came to the realization that history was happening before us. We thought about how easy it would was to be spectators–that it’s easy to watch these atrocities, and not go into action against it.” said Lisa Torio, class of 2015 and president of Amnesty International.