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• WHAT IS SUSTAINED DIALOGUE? •

The Sustained Dialogue Institute helps people to transform conflictual relationships and design change processes around the world. We define dialogue as “listening deeply enough to be changed by what you learn.”

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• OUR WORK •

SDI works to improve community capacity to engage differences as strengths while helping people move from dialogue to action.

Hold a Training

SDI provides workshops and educational trainings tailored to your institution’s needs. Hold a training in your workplace, community organization, nonprofit, or college or university.

Establish a Program

We work in a sustained way with a variety of institutions, civic organizations, and workplaces to provide ongoing technical support toward the most inclusive, creative community possible.

 

• RECENT NEWS •

Aug 16

Statement from President Mark Farr on Charlottesville

Statement by the Sustained Dialogue Institute regarding the recent events in Charlottesville, VA The Sustained Dialogue Institute regularly trains students, faculty, and staff members on college campuses around the United States on how to successfully combat forces of racism on their campuses. Such forces have recently been on murderous display on and near the campus of the University of Virginia, where SDI has one of our own chapters. SDI completely condemns racism and white supremacy; and also the false moral similarity […]

Aug 12

Guest Post: RA Training and Charlottesville, VA

This past week I have been participating in my second Resident Assistant training, which can be long and sometimes taxing work. We are trained in a variety of things that allow us to be the frontline responders and resources for college students living on campus, which involves us sitting through long presentations all day long for two weeks while we also prepare our buildings for the arrival of students…

Aug 2

Interview with Bachelorette Contestant and Former SD Moderator Anthony Battle

We have recently had the opportunity to sit down with former Bachelorette contestant and former SD moderator Anthony Battle to talk about his experiences both on reality T.V. and in dialogue. Anthony is particularly known for how he addressed of race during the recent “Men Tell All” episode. You can find that clip here to see dialogue skills in action. Here was our conversation.   Q: What similarities are there between SD and the Bachelorette? A: I think there are similarities, particularly […]

 

• TESTIMONIALS •

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“I believe that implementation of SD enabled members of my campus to come together as a close-knit family, instead of strangers. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that embodies such diversity, acceptance, and honesty. This is how to make large-scale societal change in the ways we interact.”

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“SDI was wonderful to work with from start to finish. They took the prep time to fully understand our Fellows and the training participants. The training was comprehensive, interesting and in tune with the needs of our Fellows. We very much look forward to continuing to build the capacity of Atlas Corps with our Fellows through their well-executed trainings.”

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“I use the skills I learned through SD constantly when communicating with clients and colleagues. Being able to check biases & assumptions and open our hearts to the point where we truly empathize and understand where others are coming from is the deeply enriching gift of SD.  It is also necessary for the health of our communities and society as a whole.”

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“My involvement leading SD was inspiring. I learned the importance of individuals’ experience in shaping their worldview, the value of listening, the necessity of being open to personal change, and the need to respect the complex intersections of people’s identities. SD has been instrumental in shaping my commitment to issues of social equality.”

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“Sustained Dialogue has uplifted me … it gave me that empowerment. My GPA boosted dramatically my junior year. I owe it to Sustained Dialogue.”

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“I was trained for Sustained Dialogue at NU in 2013. I recently used the SD model to lead a workshop where the group challenged social norms of masculinity with an audience of majority men. One participant at the end of the workshop asked how I came up with my questions and, honestly, all I could say was SD and everything it taught me. Thank you for the amazing training 2 years ago that I still use.”

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“Turning the Page worked with SDI on “Building Authentic Relationships Across Difference” to equip us with skills and language to engage effectively with our partner schools and communities. We have used the practices in our community workshops and leadership activities to maintain that space between parents and teachers and school leaders. We enjoyed the training so much for our new AmeriCorps members.”

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“I believe that implementation of SD enabled members of my campus to come together as a close-knit family, instead of strangers. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that embodies such diversity, acceptance, and honesty. This is how to make large-scale societal change in the ways we interact.”

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