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Jun 19

Celebrating 11 Years of Dialogue in Ethiopia: Catching up with SDCN’s Managing Director, Rhonda Fitzgerald

We recently sat down with our Managing Director of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, Rhonda Fitzgerald to discuss our long-standing partnership with Ethiopian universities, Life and Peace Institute (LPI), and the Peace and Development Center (PDC). Rhonda has led our partnership with LPI and PDC from inception to now, and we can’t wait to hear her reflections.

Apr 9

New Virtual Workshop Offerings for Groups

As you move your educational and professional spaces into digital spaces, we are able to provide our workshops and trainings virtually! Sustained Dialogue Institute has workshops for groups of all sizes and lengths of engagement.

Check it out here:

Mar 27

10 Tips for Facilitating Virtual Dialogue

Are you suddenly conducting dialogues on Zoom and struggling to make it work? Check out our 10 tips for success!

You can learn more during our weekly Introduction to Using Zoom for Online Dialogue workshop! Sign up here:

Mar 21

Register for New Virtual Offerings for Campuses & Communities

SDCN is excited to still able to offer workshops to campuses and communities based on our 20+ years of experience. Here are our three main offerings right now: Virtual dialogue groups that meet weekly in the following weeks Skill building workshops for individuals who want to facilitate or continue their dialogue work Tested virtual offerings for campuses, especially those seeking to find creative ways to engage students in dialogue View our current offerings and register here. How can virtual workshops […]

Mar 6

SDCN Launches a New Mini-Manual on Dialoguing About Faith, Religion, and Worldview: A Topical Resource Guide for Sustained Dialogue Moderators

The guide is meant as a tool for moderators leading a dialogue group that has been formed for the purpose of explicitly focusing on faith, religion, and worldview. Moderators using the guide should have already participated in a Sustained Dialogue Moderator Training, and should be using the resource guide in conjunction with the full SD Moderator Manual. If you don’t have the full moderator manual reach out to the SD leadership team on your campus or to Sustained Dialogue at […]

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Jan 14

SDCN's 2019 Impact in Numbers

As we kick off 2020, we’re reflecting on the year that just finished. Check out this infographic to learn about what the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network team was up to during 2019!

Jan 1

SDCN Summer Leaders' Summit Registration Now Open

Network advisors and student leaders: The Summer Leaders’ Summit will be held July 25-28th, 2019 for those currently running dialogue programs using the SD model. We look forward to having you! Learn more and register here:

Sep 26

Join us in honoring SDI's founder, Hal Saunders, on November 17 at GMU!

A Sustaining Legacy Hal Saunders: Considering his life and work Please join the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the Sustained Dialogue Institute for a celebration of Hal Saunders, and his legacy and contributions to the fields of diplomacy, sustained dialogue, and conflict resolution. The afternoon begins with a panel discussion on Hal Saunders’s career in the U.S. State Department and the Sustained Dialogue Institute, moderated by Mark Farr, President of the Sustained Dialogue Institute. A reception follows with […]

Sep 10

Join Us for the 2018 National Dialogue Awards!

The 2018 National Dialogue Awards   Gala Chair: Susan E. Carmel   Please join leadership and friends of the Sustained Dialogue Institute for the Fifth Annual National Dialogue Awards Gala, on Thursday, November 1 at 6:00 pm at the exquisite venue of the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. We are thrilled to announce the 2018 National Dialogue Award which this year will be given jointly to the remarkable musicians Wynton Marsalis and Igor Butman in recognition of the monumental contributions they have made bridging divides through the arts, […]

Sep 10

Summer Newsletter: Save the Date for the National Dialogue Awards

SDI Summer Newsletter: Learn about this year’s Dartmouth Conference, say goodbye to our Summer Intern Team, and catch up with SDI in this summer newsletter. Have you gotten your tickets to the National Dialogue Awards yet? Make sure to register for the big event honoring world-renown musicians, Wynton Marsalis and Igor Butman- Thursday, Nov. 1st, 2018 at the Organization for American States.

Jun 8

June 8 in DC: Bridging Divides Through Sustained Dialogue

Heard of the work of Sustained Dialogue, but want to learn more about its practice? Join us in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2018 for a 3 to 4-hour workshop on the main pillars of effective sustained dialogue work. Click to register.

Feb 2

Congratulations to Emma Naliboff Pettit on 5 Successful Years at SDI

We are pleased to announce that our Program Director Emma Naliboff Pettit has accepted a position as the Assistant Program Director for the Intergroup Relations Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, in her hometown. She is an integral part of our office and while we are sad she is leaving us, we are excited for her as she embarks on this new journey. Emma’s contributions to the team include working alongside our founder Hal Saunders, creating key resources […]

Nov 16

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to Attend National Dialogue Awards Nov. 16

The Sustained Dialogue Institute is thrilled to announce that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will join us at the 2017 National Dialogue Awards on November 16, 2017. Representative Pelosi serves as the House Democratic Leader of the US House of Representatives and represents California’s 12th Congressional District.

Oct 30

Fall Newsletter: Meet Our National Dialogue Award Winners

SDI Fall Newsletter: Meet our Keynote and Campus National Dialogue Awardees and catch up with SDI in this fall newsletter. Have you gotten your tickets to the National Dialogue Awards yet? Make sure to register for the big event – Thursday, Nov. 16th, 2017 at the National Press Club.

Oct 27

SDI Leads Dartmouth Conference Into Its 57th Year

The Sustained Dialogue Institute, in partnership with the Kennan Institute, the Kettering Foundation, and Carnegie Corporation of New York, hosted the most recent Dartmouth Conference, which brought this long-running dialogue program into its 57th year. The Dartmouth Conference is the longest running dialogue between Russian and US peacemakers. Click below for a first-hand account of how dialogue can work to build relationships even in such tense and trying times. Countering US-Russian acrimony, one dialogue at a time

Sep 14

SD Pilots New Medical School Programming

The first pilot of a Sustained Dialogue program in a medical school has launched! Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine just joined the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, and is already having strong results on bringing the skills and practices of dialogue to future doctors and medical professionals. Check out this great article on the work they’re doing! Feinberg Pilots Sustained Dialogue at Northwestern

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 […]

Aug 2

2017 Campus Network Annual Report Released

The statistically significant results are in! Over 400 SD participants from 17 different campuses filled out our 2016-2017 Sustained Dialogue program evaluation, and the following findings were statistically significant. After participating in Sustained Dialogue programs on campuses across the United States – ranging from weekly meetings to academic courses to multi-day retreats, respondents: Think about themselves in a new way Respondents were more likely and/or able to: Examine the strengths and weaknesses of their own views; Talk about their experiences […]

Aug 1

Free Online Resources for Campuses Released

New resources now publicly available for common dialogue topics on college campuses, including dialogue guides for political dialogue, Greek life, racism, gender, class and socioeconomic status, educational elitism, ableism, and way more!

Post-Election Community-Building Workshop

May 23

Post-Election Community-Building Workshop held in MA

Each member of SDI’s staff is working pro bono with local organizations to assist and provide support in needed areas. Pro Bono projects include a parent dialogue in a bilingual D.C. school, workshops for aspiring professors in DC, and support for post-election efforts in one Massachusetts community. Team member Elizabeth Wuerz, in collaboration with Joined in Action, a Needham, MA-based community advocacy group that promotes inclusiveness, constructive conversation, and activism, presented a kickoff session on “Strategies for More Effective Conversation […]

Apr 17

An Interview with Emma N. Pettit: Four Lessons from Interfaith Work that I Use Daily

“These interfaith and inter-religious spheres taught me four lessons I think of each day in my current Sustained Dialogue work.”

When I was a senior at Mount Holyoke College, I got an email that a new dialogue group on religion had lost a moderator and could I fill in? I was terrified of the topic, but I trusted my advisors and my co-moderator – an awesome person who later went to divinity school– so I said yes.

Apr 15

Northwestern Med School Plans Pilot SD Program

SD will launch a pilot SD program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine for the 2017-2018 academic year. The first training will be held in August 2017, and then medical students will engage in dialogues over the course of the year. The Sustained Dialogue Institute sought to partner with an innovative institution in order to equip medical students with skills to engage effectively with their patients and other members of the healthcare team, thereby reducing errors and improving the […]

U.S.-Russia Dialogue

Mar 23

SDI Hosts High Level U.S.-Russia Dialogue

Sustained Dialogue, birthed in international diplomacy, continues to thrive alongside our work on campuses. The latest U.S.- Russia dialogue, known as the Dartmouth Conference, took place under the intense scrutiny of current relations between the two countries in late March. And the exchange between American and Russian representatives confirmed that SD works: the relationships generated over decades provide a counterpoint to the polarization almost everywhere else between the two global superpowers. This week, the conversations were taut, even grim. The […]

Nov 16

Register Now for the National Dialogue Awards, Nov. 16th, 2017

The National Dialogue Awards, administered by SDI, recognize the work of those whose lives embody the principles and values of true dialogue, reconciliation, and peace. This event serves to honor the awardees and celebrate the role of dialogue in transforming national and global conflicts. This year the event will take place on Thursday, November 16th in Washington, DC.

Nov 18

Meet our 2016 National Dialogue Award Winners

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

Don J. Williams, St. Olaf College, Class of 2018

Bre Swims, Alumna, The University of Alabama

Aug 9

Sustained Dialogue Collaborates to Launch Youth-Centered Initiative in Nairobi

In April of 2016, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network’s Managing Director, Rhonda Fitzgerald, traveled to Nairobi to help launch a youth dialogue-to-action initiative entitled “Tubonge Mtaani” (translated as “Let’s talk in the ‘hood.’) Sustained Dialogue is partnering with two organizations for this project: the Nairobi-based Eastleighwood Youth Forum and the Swedish-based Life and Peace Institute. Sustained Dialogue has collaborated with the Life and Peace Institute and the Peace and Development Center (PDC) in Ethiopia since 2008 to implement Sustained Dialogue programs […]

Aug 9

Campus leaders gather in Washington for the annual Summer Leader’s Summit

SDCN’s annual Summer Leader’s Summit gives campus leaders a unique opportunity to prepare for the year ahead and meet other members of the network. The event was held this year at our Washington D.C. headquarters from July 21-24. Despite long hours, the energy in the room throughout the weekend was unwavering. By the end of the summit the walls of our conference room were covered with post-its and posters brimming with ideas, thoughts, and strategies for running a successful SD […]

Aug 3

The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network Welcomes Six New Campus Partners!

The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network Welcomes Six New Campus Partners: Elon University, Hollins University, Lawrence University, Cornell College, University of Notre Dame, and UNC Charlotte!

Jun 15

New Annual Report for Sustained Dialogue's Campus Network

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Mar 6

Remembering Hal Saunders, Founder and Mentor

It is with heavy hearts that all of us at the Sustained Dialogue Institute mourn the death of Harold ‘Hal’ Saunders, our founder, mentor and friend. We unite in honoring a peacemaker whose exemplary life fully expressed the values and ideals of Sustained Dialogue, to which he was so dedicated. We offer our deepest and most profound condolences to Hal’s wife Carol, his children, and the rest of their families. Hal’s inspiring global leadership and pursuit of peace and dialogue […]

Oct 10

Meet our 2015 National Dialogue Award Winners!

Sen. George J. Mitchell, Peacemaker and 2015 Keynote Award Speaker   Mitchell served as a U.S. Senator from Maine form 1980 to 1995 and as a Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995. Since retiring from the Senate, Mitchell has been active. He has taken a leading role in negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, being specifically appointed U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland (1995-2001) by President Clinton and as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East […]

Jul 6

Congratulations to Sarah Tweedale, Beloit College's new and full-time Sustained Dialogue Coordinator!

Check out this article about Beloit College’s hiring of Sarah Tweedale to take their Sustained Dialogue program to the “next level”! Also included is a video about the impacts of Sustained Dialogue at Beloit.

Jun 11

Join us for the SDI Supporters, Board Members, and Alumni Garden Party

All SDI Board Members, Supporters, and Alumni are invited to join us for an evening of good food and excellent company at President Mark Farr’s home in Silver Spring, Maryland on July 26th. This event will serve as an opportunity to network and financially support the mission of SDI.

Summer Interns

Jun 1

Register Now for the Summer Interns and Associates Training

This four-hour training on Friday July 10th is free and open to any intern or junior associate in the DC area. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore how aspects of identity influence their effectiveness in the workplace, gain exposure to SDI’s dialogue to action model, and gain specific skills to address employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, innovation, and conflict resolution.

Apr 30

2015 SDCN Conference: Crossing Bridges

Check out pictures and highlights from this year’s SDCN Annual Conference: Crossing Bridges, held at the University of Alabama!

Apr 30

University of Tampa Hosts First Sustained Dialogue Retreat

Check out this story on how the University of Tampa is getting ready for their first ever Sustained Dialogue Retreat!

Crossing Bridges

Mar 6

Announcing the 2015 SDCN Conference Theme: Crossing Bridges

Over 150 students, alumni, and administrators will gather for the event March 6 – 8, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery Bridge Crossing.


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