“MSU Dialogues is a great way to connect with faculty/staff that you would not interact with on a day-to-day basis. We engaged in critical discourse and were willing to learn with and from one another even when dialogue was challenging. The dialogue space provided us with the opportunity to constantly reflect on how to incorporate DEI into our pedagogy and work and held us accountable to following up on that implementation. This is an experience that all faculty/staff should be required and encouraged to participate in.” -Past faculty/staff participant
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Are you passionate about creating positive change in your community? Do you want to connect and create a community with other passionate MSU community members? Do you have the drive to learn strategies for engaging in dialogue, rather than debate? If you said “yes!” to any (or all!) of these questions ... MSU Dialogues is the program for you!
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What is MSU Dialogues?
MSU Dialogues is a 9-week intergroup dialogue experience for MSU students, faculty, and staff offered through the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. The program is offered as part of MSU’s greater effort to support students, faculty, and staff in creating more inclusive and equitable learning environments. Based on your availability, you will be placed in a group with whom you will meet each week. Throughout the semester, you will engage in dialogue with people from a wide range of identities and backgrounds, learn about historical and present-day social injustice, and collectively explore ways of working toward greater equity and inclusion. Learn more about MSU Dialogues from facilitator and graduate program intern, Briana Bohannon.
MSU Dialogues offers you the opportunity to:
- Build relationships across differences of race, gender, ethnicity, ability, class, nationality, and additional identities
- Learn about your own identities
- Create positive change in your community and beyond
- Develop life-long leadership skills
- Faculty and staff: Strengthen your capacity to create inclusive, equitable learning environments inside and outside of the classroom
- Join the community of 475+ students, faculty, and staff who have participated in the program since its inception 2.5 years ago
- All dialogues, students, and faculty/staff/administrators will meet ONLINE via Zoom.
- Students: Dialogues will meet for 1.5 hours each week and are offered at a variety of times throughout the week, so there is likely a time that fits in your schedule! Undergraduate and graduate students have the option to choose between participating in a dialogue focused on race or religion. We will hold one race dialogue specifically for graduate students. Additionally, we will hold Dialogues 2.0 this semester, an opportunity for students who have already participated in dialogues (race, religion, or gender) to take their engagement a step further. Please see the application for more details on Dialogues 2.0.
- Faculty/staff/administrators: Dialogues meet for 2 hours each week and are offered at a variety of times. All faculty/staff dialogues will focus on race. Please note, dialogue participation requires active engagement throughout the semester. In preparation for each meeting, you are strongly encouraged to engage with your “homework” (i.e. 1-2 assigned articles, working through a short activity, journaling, etc.). Additionally, you should come to each meeting ready to dive into an intentional dialogue which includes both actively sharing about your own experiences, as well as listening deeply to the experiences of your cohort mates. Please see the application for more details. The faculty/staff dialogues are made possible through a partnership with the HUB for Innovation in Learning and Technology.
Please see the applications below for the exact start dates for each dialogue.
What are past participants saying about MSU Dialogues?
“This was an incredible experience! Watching others and myself evolve in our thinking and treatment of one another is life-changing. There were so many concrete skills and resources that I use when talking about race -- I wish everyone had access to these.” -Past student participant
“It was very educational and relevant now more than ever. The facilitators made it a very open environment, so there's no shame in making mistakes as long as you are open-minded enough to learn. Everyone was very thoughtful during the discussions, and it's a good place for self-reflection.” -Past student participant
“At this time in my career of 43 years as a nurse, I have worked with many patients, their families, and communities. They came from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and identities. I am fairly open-minded and felt comfortable before taking this Dialogue series. What I found is I still could learn more and as a result, I grew as a person in many areas in my life. I am thankful to have been chosen to be in the Dialogues and will build upon it as time goes by.” - Past faculty/staff participant
When asked to describe MSU Dialogues in one word, past participants described the program as “inspiring”, “powerful”, “eye-opening”, “transformative”, “challenging”, and “refreshing”.
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Jackie Heymann (she/her/hers)
Educational Program Coordinator, MSU Dialogues
Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives