Community Dialogues

Upcoming Dialogue - Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6-8pm, MU Horizon Room

Fall Community Dialogue - The Future of Higher Education: How should we prepare for the changing world of work?

Explore multiple perspectives on the purpose of higher education and the changing world of work. Open to the entire OSU and Corvallis community. Review the participant dialogue guide to familiarize yourself with the dialogue content and the three options that will be deliberating (Prepare Students for the Job Market, Educate for Leadership & Change, Build Strong Communities).

A professor from the College of Education will provide a mini-keynote on the changing landscape and roles of higher education. 

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm, MU Horizon Room 49. This event is dialogic in nature. As such, we may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. We ask that participants attend the full two hours. 

Please bring a reusable mug or water bottle if possible. 

For accommodations related to disability please contact 541.737.7673 or

Program Overview

Community Dialogues is a once-per-term series which seeks to cultivate connection and deep learning through exploration of critical and contentious issues. Utilizing the National Issues Forum Model we hope to engage students, faculty, staff, and community members in dialogue which:

  • Deepens understanding of critical issues and the tensions within them
  • Encourages insight into different perspectives
  • Creates connection between participants through their stories and experiences
  • Guides exploration of personal ethics, morals, and values  
  • Inspires socio-political action, both individual and collective

Community Dialogues is a new initiative offered in partnership by Student Experiences & Engagement and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Annual Schedule

Winter '18 Dialogue (Thursday, February 15, 2018):  Climate Choices - How should we meet the challenges of a warming planet?

Spring '18 Dialogue (Monday, April 30, 2018):  Safety and Justice - How should communities reduce violence?

Fall '18 Dialogue (Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6-8pm, MU Horizon Room): Land of Plenty - How should we ensure that people have the food they need?

Winter '19 Dialogue (Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 6-8pm, MU Horizon Room):  Coming to the United States of America - Who should we welcome, what should we do?

Spring '19 Dialogue (Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6-8pm, MU Horizon Room): Land Use Conflict - When city and country clash

Fall '19 Dialogue (Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6-8pm, MU Horizon Room): The Future of Higher Education: How should we prepare for the changing world of work?

Winter '20 Dialogue (Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6-8pm, MU Horizon Room): A House Divided - What would we have to give up to get the political system we want?

Facilitation Overview

Facilitators are the core of our program, and we are seeking students, staff, and faculty to join us in growing a culture of dialogue at Oregon State University. We welcome registrants of all experience and skill levels.

Our facilitators are selected and trained to sustain open and respectful dialogue and create spaces for individual, interpersonal, and systemic exploration – in a broad effort to encourage a culture of dialogue at OSU.

Facilitator Competencies
Through training and practice, we expect that our facilitators will demonstrate increased capacity to:

  • Create space for difference and dialogue
  • Integrate content and process
  • Name and frame emotions
  • Cultivate connections across difference

Facilitator Registration

Facilitation trainings will be offered each term. Learn more about Community Dialogue facilitator responsibilities and competencies. 

Fall term facilitator training date:

  • To Be Determined

Facilitator training registration. The deadline to enroll in our fall facilitator training is TBD.

Contact Information

To learn more about the Community Dialogues initiative please contact: 

Jeff Kenney

Director of Institutional Education for Diversity, Equity + Inclusion 

Office of Institutional Diversity



Emily Bowling

Center for Civic Engagement

Student Leadership & Involvement