Fall Term Dialogue Opportunities

Members of the Lawrence Community are invited to participate in any of the dialogue opportunities listed below.  No sign-up is necessary. Ideally, participants will attend all sessions of the dialogue option they select. 

All dialogues will center around the concept of Bridging the Ideological Divide, but specific content areas will be unique to each option and will grow organically throughout the groups' time together. 

Dialogues will be facilitated by a combination of Lawrence students, Lawrence staff members, and community members from Celebrate Diversity.





Student Facilitator

Facilitator 2

Facilitator 3

Option 1

Monday, 10/2
Monday, 10/16
Monday, 10/30


Sabin House Group room

Devyn Gay

Margaret Alexander,
Celebrate Diversity

Rose Wasielewski








Option 2

Tuesday, 10/3
Tuesday, 10/17
Tuesday, 11/7


Memorial Hall - 114

Brittany Neil

Al Bellg,
Celebrate Diversity

Paris Wicker








Option 3

Saturday, 10/14
Saturday, 10/28
Saturday, 11/4

1:30-2:30pm on 10/14 & 10/28

12-1pm on 11/4

Mead Witter room, Warch Campus Center

Alice Luo

Sharon Bowen,
Celebrate Diversity

Judy Sarnecki,
Celebrate Diversity


Additional dialogue options may be added throughout the term so please check this page again in the future to learn about additional opportunities to engage.

What Is Dialogue?
(from Sustained Dialogue)
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 other’s 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.
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Dr. Harold Saunders,
Board Chair and Founder of SDI
Dialogue is a distinct way of communicating, seldom practiced in daily interactions. When people with varied viewpoints converse in order to seek mutual understanding, they are in dialogue. In a society of arguments and roundabout discussion, dialogue stirs us to reassess our earlier assumptions.
The goal of dialogue is not for participants or moderators to change others, but for participants to allow themselves to be changed through engagement with new experiences, ideas, and people. Moderators create learning spaces in which participants gain new understandings based on the experience of others.


The fall term dialogue opportunities are being coordinated by the President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs (PCDA) professional development subcommittee.  Questions and comments can be directed to Curt Lauderdale, dean of students, curt.lauderdale@lawrenc.edu