OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

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About Coalition for Community Dialogue

Coalition for Community Dialogue believes in justice for humanity through dialogue, continuous learning, and intentional experiences.

The ability to engage in true dialogue about issues that matter, while honoring our common humanity, is critical to creating a socially just society. We believe that, to do this effectively, there is a need for deep self-awareness as well as an understanding of multicultural communication, techniques of dialogue, and the ways in which we are all impacted in different ways by social systems.

Social justice is about all of us and must be done in community. We hope that, by creating a community network, we will be able to foster meaningful connections among people who care about social justice and are engaged together in continuous learning. Learning occurs in a variety of ways. Hearing the stories of others helps us to develop a more complete understanding of the whole picture. Trainings, as well as practicing dialogue reflectively or even going on to facilitate dialogue, are intentional experiences for learning.

We also believe that all of the great opportunities for learning about social justice on campus can be elevated by working in coalition. We seek partnerships, and we hope that our work complements the work of other campus-based groups.

Learning Outcomes

At the core of all of our programs, we hope that students will be able to:

  • Recognize that culture and lived experience impacts communication
  • Recognize the impact of social systems on a person’s lived experiences
  • Value the creation of inclusive spaces, which allow all people to bring their whole self

By completing a certificate, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the ways that personal experiences connect to social systems
  • Identify the ways in which learning about others contributes to learning about the self
  • Describe the importance of emotions in communication for social justice
  • Define and follow strategies for effective communication and mindful expression

By completing an advanced certificate and facilitating workshops for others, students will be able to:

  • Display consistency in applying core personal values in practice
  • Analyze how social systems impact diverse audiences
  • Adapt communication styles for audiences with varying levels of experience with the topic

History

Coalition for Community Dialogue was formerly called Team Liberation and has existed for over 10 years. For most of that time, Team Liberation was completely student-run. Although it has since found a home and the support of a Faculty Advisor in Student Leadership & Involvement, this student-coordinated focus remains prevalent today.

The current vision and structure came out of a year-long review process, beginning with the external program review that was completed in July 2012. Throughout the 2012-13 academic year, the new Team Liberation staff members engaged in brainstorming and conversations with current participants, community partners, and leaders in Student Leadership & Involvement. It was through this process that decisions were made to change the name and some of the elements of the program.