D&D Programs at Colleges & Universities

If you know of additional higher education programs that focus on dialogue or deliberation, please use our Ideas & Suggestions Form to let us know. Note: A great list of college peace and conflict resolution studies programs is online at http://csf.colorado.edu/peace/academic.html.

American University - Peacebuilding and Development Institute

The Peacebuilding and Development Institute provides knowledge, practical experience and skills for scholars and practitioners involved in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance and development. There are two components to the institute: one is the summer professional training program and the other is the year-round practical training, capacity building, and curriculum development programs in conflict areas.

Artwork that stimulates dialogue.

Artwork designed to foster dialogue about diversity issues. ?2001 by Elana Stanger. www.diversityarts.com

Arizona State University - Intergroup Relations Center

The IRC provides education and training opportunities to students, faculty, and staff as well as intergroup conflict prevention and mediation services. It sponsors retreats, workshops, seminars, and institutes for faculty, staff and students, and collects, develops, and disseminates educational resources and data on discrimination, hate crimes, and intergroup conflict incidents at ASU.

Democracy Lab

Democracy Lab provides online forums for use in high school and college classes. National Issues Forums-style forums run for 10 weeks, fall and spring. Students from around the country dialogue in small groups and are guided from dialogue to inquiry and to action. Instructors adopt Democracy Lab and students purchase online access for $25. Democracy Lab also provides online mentoring for student civic leadership teams with some members going on to become online interns serving on Democracy Lab?s student staff. Fall 2004 issues are Americans' Role in the World, Three American Futures, Racial and Ethnic Tensions, News Media and Society, and Examining Health Care.

The Fielding Graduate Institute - School of Human and Organization Development

Fielding?s School of Human and Organization Development is a global community of lifelong learning professionals who place a premium on student and faculty interaction through mentoring and dialogue, both face-to-face and online. The program offers distance learning doctoral degrees and online masters? degrees. The School of Human & Organization Development currently offers three Continuing Education Certificate programs: the new 16-week Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement Certificate, the Online Facilitation Certificate, and the Evaluation and Organization Development Certificate. Faculty in the Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement Certificate program include Hal Saunders, Phil Stewart, Keith Mellville, Barnett Pearce, and Jan Elliott. The program was designed and is delivered in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (IISD).

George Mason University - The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

George Mason University's ICAR offers Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Both degree programs are among the first in this field and are part of the mission of the Institute: to advance the understanding and resolution of significant and persistent human conflicts among individuals, small groups, communities, ethnic groups, and nations. Enhancing the Institute's degree programs are three additional components: research and publication, a clinical and consultancy program, and public education.

Miami University-Ohio - Center for American and World Cultures

The mission of the Center for American and World Cultures is to promote positive intergroup relations among students, faculty, and staff on campus and ultimately to improve the climate for diversity on campus. The Center is housed in a newly renovated building designed with the dual purpose of creating both an intellectual and a physical site for discussion and debate. The Center is a clearinghouse of research, education and programming for both faculty and students, and the building provides space for the International Studies, Black World Studies, Latin American Studies, Women's Studies, American Studies and Jewish Studies programs.

Regis University - The Institute on the Common Good

Regis University's Institute on the Common Good sponsors public and private forums for the discussion of significant social issues. Its intent is to promote the long-term good of the greater community of Denver and the Rocky Mountain West through the discovery of common ground for addressing these issues. Rooted in the tradition of Roman Catholic social teaching, the Institute asserts the dignity and social nature of the human person. Nether liberal nor conservative in its posture, the Institute operates on the belief that a healthy society is committed to the welfare of all its members, especially those without a voice, suggesting a balance that avoids the extremes of exclusive individualism or totalitarianism.

The School for International Training - CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures)

A summer professional development program at the School for International Training designed to strengthen and support the community building, coexistence and conflict intervention efforts of peacebuilders from the U.S. and around the world.

Simon Fraser University - The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

A conference centre located in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is dedicated to understanding effective communication. Since its opening in September 2000, the Centre has been the catalyst for issues ranging from restorative justice to real estate, health care to transit, and international law to art. Dialogue activities include undergraduate courses, graduate internships, professional development and programs of research into the application of dialogue and of lessons learned from experience. The Wosk Centre is an intellectual home and an advocate for dialogue. At the Centre practitioners, researchers and students of dialogue probe the nature of dialogue and they nurture it in practice.

Temple University - Global Dialogue Institute

The Global Dialogue Institute promotes a process called "Deep-Dialogue" within and among the cultures, religions and other direction-shaping forces of the world. GDI fosters the Three Dimensions of Deep-Dialogue (ethics, globality and spirituality) by organizing and promoting research, publications, and face-to-face Inter-World Encounters in its Twelve-Step Program to Deep-Dialogue.

University of Illinois - Program on Intergroup Relations

The Program on Intergroup Relations (PIR) facilitates dialogue among students from different social and cultural backgrounds. PIR provides students with a proactive educational experience that promotes the exploration of group identities and open discussion of social justice issues such as discrimination based on class, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. PIR seeks to advance students' understanding of and respect for diversity and social justice issues and to augment students' skills in responding to intergroup differences and conflicts. Their pedagogical model is based on the University of Michigan's Program on Intergroup Relations.

University of Kentucky - Dialogue Program

This site is primarily useful for UK students who are interested in getting involved in the University's excellent dialogue program.

A picture of an OHRP dialogue program.

A snapshot from OHRP's ?“Words of Engagement: An Intergroup Dialogue Program,?” which featured the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

University of Maryland, College Park - Office of Human Relations Programs

As a result of student demand, UM College Park's Office of Human Relations Programs (OHRP) developed a Student Intercultural Learning Center in 1999. Through educational, intercultural, and interdisciplinary programs and initiatives, SILC strives to make diversity-related dialogue and learning substantive and convenient for students at varying levels of both self and social awareness.

The University of Maryland - Democracy Collaborative

The University of Maryland Democracy Collaborative is building a comprehensive program of teaching and training programs for undergraduate and graduate students, practitioners, and community members. On the campus at the University of Maryland, Collaborative scholars lead seminars and classes on democratic theory, civic engagement, community-based asset development and other topics related to democratic renewal. A new curriculum for democracy studies is in development. Working with our Academic Affiliates, The Collaborative has initiated a program for training the next generation of young scholars in the theory and practice of democracy. A Global and Domestic Research/Action Colloquium involving leading academics and young scholars from the various affiliated and sponsoring institutes, together with a selection of engaged citizen practitioners, is in development. The Collaborative is also pilot testing a program designed to bring together experienced practitioners, young scholars and senior academics to explore system-wide issues and their relevance to local-level organizing and concerns.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Social Justice Education Program

Social Justice Education is an interdisciplinary program of study with a focus on social diversity and social justice education particularly as they apply to formal educational systems, kindergarten through higher education. The masters concentration focuses on reflective practice; the doctoral concentration focuses on research informed by reflective practice. Our goals are to generate knowledge about social justice education and to apply new knowledge to the design and delivery of effective social justice educational programs. The Social Justice Education Program boasts a strong intergroup dialogue component run by Ximena Z??iga.

University of Michigan - Dialogues on Diversity

Dialogues on Diversity is a campus-wide initiative which provides opportunities for the open exchange of views about the value of diversity. Dialogues on Diversity develops and administers a variety of programs for students, staff and faculty which enrich campus discussion and facilitate honest dialogue. Their website serves as an information gateway for all diversity-related activity at the University of Michigan.

University of Michigan - Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR)

IGR is a social justice education program which works proactively to promote understanding of intergroup relations throughout the student community. It assists students as they explore models of intergroup understanding and cooperation while acknowledging differences between and within groups. IGR provides students with opportunities to learn, experience, and work constructively with one another through structured dialogues and experiential activities across social group boundaries and through social conflict. A number of other universities have used IGR as a model for developing similar programs.

University of Minnesota - Center for Democracy & Citizenship

Co-Directed by Harry Boyte and Nan Skelton, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship develops theories and practices that enrich democracy. The Center is part of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. The Center has a vision of the public work and politics needed to create a common world, and sponsors and develops a wide variety of public work initiatives. For over a decade, the Center has focused on developing practice-based theory about how to engage citizens in public life.


University of Oregon - Center on Diversity and Community

CODAC promotes inquiry, dialogue and understanding on issues of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity at the University of Oregon. It advances interdisciplinary scholarship, innovative programs and events, information exchange and partnerships with individuals and communities throughout the region on diversity and social justice issues. CODAC fulfills its mission through individual and collaborative research initiatives, interdisciplinary courses, fellowship and award opportunities, conferences and publications, sponsored programs and events, as well as partnerships to contextualize and address regional, national and global diversity issues.

University of Pennsylvania - Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community

From 1996 to 1999, the Penn National Commission sought to understand the problems of contemporary public discussion and behavior and to foster more engaged and thoughtful conversations about social issues. With the research phase of the Commission's work completed, the Penn Public Talk Project is now engaged in the programmatic phase, working to improve the practice of robust public discourse in ways that lead to stronger, more inclusive communities.

University of Washington - IDEA

IDEA (Intergroup Dialogue, Education, and Action Training & Resource Institute) was started in November 1996 at the University of Washington School of Social Work as a response to the urgent challenges for social work educators to prepare competent practitioners who can work with an increasingly diverse clientele and embrace the profession's social justice mission. These challenges call for changes not only in the content of future practitioners' knowledge, but also in classroom pedagogies that can enhance their learning experiences while developing competencies to work in a multicultural society. The mission of the Institute has now expanded to supporting campus and community efforts geared toward addressing issues of oppression, empowerment, and alliance building for social justice.

University of Wisconsin-Madison - The Center for Communication and Democracy

Directed by Lewis Friedland, The Center for Communication and Democracy is a newly-formed research and action project at UW - Madison. The goals of the center include studying how citizens can use new communications technologies to advance democratic discussion and civic participation. Part of the University?s school of Journalism & Mass Communication.


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