• What Can SD Look Like On Campus? •

One of the strengths of SD is its flexibility. This makes determining where it should be housed (i.e. as a student club, supported by a specific Center, run as a course), who should be involved (i.e. faculty, staff, student leaders, Greek life, Resident Advisors, etc.) and how it should run (i.e. within a semester or quarter, in residence halls, etc.) very important for the success of SD on campus.

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ORGANIZATION: Who Will Organize SD?

Example Structure Benefits Challenges
University of Virginia

Students organize

Students moderate

Strong student ownership

Strong student leadership

Requires significant commitment
from students

Cuyahoga Community
College

Staff organize

Students moderate

Paid employees are accountable
and have more time

Building student ownership

University of Nebraska,
Omaha

Faculty advises

Paid student organizes

Students moderate

Spreads out tasks

Faculty deal with funding

Paid students are accountable
and have more time

Requires paid student position

Beloit College

Staff organize

Students moderate (paid position)

Paid staff employees are accountable
and have more time

Paid mods are accountable
and have more time

Building student ownership

Requires paid mod positions

AUDIENCE: Who Will Participate in SD?

Example Structure Benefits Challenges
Beloit College

Faculty & admin dialogues

Enhance classroom inclusivity

Increase non-student engagement

Address inter-faculty tensions

Hierarchy conflicts

Requires invested faculty and admin

Case Western Reserve University

 Staff dialogues across departments

Build relationships across departments

Increase quality of life for staff and students

Increase non-student engagement

Address tensions

Hierarchy conflicts

Requires invested staff

Denison University

Mixed student, faculty, and staff dialogues

Build relationships between students, faculty, and staff

Learn from each other

Hierarchy conflicts

Requires invested students, faculty, and staff

University of Nebraska Omaha

Mixed student and community member dialogues

Build town-gown relations

Give back to the community

Requires connections off campus

Requires invested students and off-campus groups

CREDIT: Will SD Be for Academic Credit?

Example Structure Benefits Challenges
University of Alabama

SD as a course:
credit for weekly meetings for
participants and moderators

Improves participation and retention

On-going moderator support

Attracts hard-to-find students

Requires faculty member willing
to oversee SD class

Requires institutional support

Welcoming to all students

University of Nebraska,
Omaha

SD as a course:
infusing an existing PoliSci
course with SD

Improves participation and retention

Attracts hard-to-find students

Satisfies distribution requirement

Requires faculty member willing
to use SD in existing class

Requires institutional support

Requires TAs who are mods

Northwestern University,
Medill School of Journalism

SD participation as a
graduation requirement
for all students

Improves participation and retention

Reaches entire school

Meets goals of college mission

Requires institutional support

Requires strong moderators

Mandatory can mean some unwilling students

INITIATIVES: Is SD an Initiative of a Specific Group?

Structure Example Benefits Challenges
Scripps College

SD as a Presidential Initiative,
reporting to the special
diversity task force

Ensures support from the
top administrators

Less trouble from student
leadership turnover

Building student ownership

Hierarchy conflicts

Campus politics

Auburn University

SD as program of Residential Life

Trains RA in SD and conflict
management skills

Large campus impact

Can be hard to schedule with RAs

Not all students live on campus

INTENSIVES: Will You Have Retreats or Long-term Programs?

Example Structure Benefits Challenges
University of Tampa

4-day Retreat at the beginning
of the semester kicks-off
weekly dialogues

Dive deeply into topics

Get through all 5 Stages of SD

Build strong relationships

Increases participation and retention

Large time commitment

Requires strong logistics

Requires strong funding

University of Tampa
(upcoming)

Select cohort spends all
four years in retreats and
dialogues together

Most intensive program in SD Network

Dive deeply into topics

Get through all 5 Stages of SD

Build strong relationships

Increases participation and retention

Graduate with special skills

Requires strong admin support

Large time commitment

Requires strong logistics

Requires strong funding

Requires buy-in from
high school seniors to apply

 
 

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