Guiding Principles

Two principles guide the Dialogue Project:

  • Early and ongoing exposure to the habits of authentic discourse by those who have wholeheartedly and successfully embraced this practice in their personal and professional lives is an essential component of training.
  • Providing opportunities to practice the skills of respectful listening and speaking, including constructive assessment and feedback, is a crucial element of inculcating this practice.

The Dialogue Project provides students, faculty, and staff with intentional training in the development of essential collaborative dialogue skills, including active listening, self-awareness, managing emotions, recognizing mis- and disinformation, and constructing a respectful well-reasoned argument. Participants will gain valuable experience in navigating conversations, finding meaning and points of connection, and promoting a culture of constructive and inclusive dialogue.


The Dialogue Project is guided by a set of priorities. These priorities provide focus and accountability, and a framework for assessment. 

Continuous Assessment

It is critically important to understand the impact of dialogue-building programs on the campus community. The Steering Committee will engage in continuous assessment and improvement of the Dialogue Project’s priorities, strategies, and programs. We will know we have been successful when we routinely observe our community:

  • Effectively engaging with difference to make a difference
  • Demonstrating increased resilience to adversity
  • Displaying empathy, compassion, and patience with each other
  • Articulating well-reasoned arguments in support of a wide range of viewpoints
  • Employing media criticism skills in analyzing mis- and disinformation
  • Solving complex interpersonal problems without reliance on college policies as a starting point
  • Engaging in enthusiastic debate and responsible discourse