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What Does an SD Program Look Like?

 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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What SD Can Look Like on Campus

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 timePaid 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 classRequires institutional support

Welcoming to all students

University of Nebraska,
Omaha
SD as a course:
infusing an existing Political Science
course with SD
Improves participation and retention

Attracts hard-to-find students

Satisfies distribution requirement

Requires faculty member willing
to use SD in existing classRequires 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 administratorsLess 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 skillsLarge 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 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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