Dialogues

Like all of our event, CERRU dialogues are open to students, staff, and faculty on the Queens College campus.

Queens College students in the CERRU Dialogue Fellowship train to become dialogue facilitators. They learn how to create and maintain a safe space for sharing perspectives, how to structure a dialogue session, and how to deal with conflict within the groups. CERRU fellows then choose the dialogue topics, plan the design of the dialogue events, and facilitate the dialogues. In dialogue, unlike debate and other forms of discussion, each participant listens mindfully to others, asking questions to elicit more information rather than to make a point.

Key Principles of Dialogue:

  • Be willing to have a conversation rather than make an appeal for one side or the other.
  • Listen not in order to agree, but in order to understand
  • Acknowledge different understandings of self and other, group dignity, integrity and purpose, security, values, beliefs, and what is just
  • Recognize that social identities and conflicts are collective constructions informed by narratives that people use to differentiate themselves
  • Move to action by finding shared goals
  • Reconstruct relationships within one’s own group and with other groups that can function with difference and complexity.

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Upcoming Events

Innovation Exchange

Each year, CERRU brings together innovators in various fields to participate in a campus and community wide Innovation Exchange. Please join us for our fifth annual Innovation Exchange on Wednesday, November 2nd at 4:45pm in the Patio Room on the Queens College Campus.

Lunchtime 2.0

Lunchtime 2.0 is an initiative aimed at redefining the way we think of college cafeterias. Campuses across the US are becoming more diverse; however, not enough is being done to provide a mechanism for diverse students to engage and listen to each other.

Upcoming Events

CERRU encourages students to become cross-cultural leaders, faculty & staff to partner with us in your class, and communities to engage in our programming. Join Us for Our Upcoming Events!