Community Dialogues

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

Fall Community Dialogue - A Dialogue on Gun Violence - How should we prevent mass shootings in our communities?

Explore multiple perspectives on the ways to reduce gun violence and mass shootings in the United States. Open to the entire OSU and Corvallis community. Review the issue advisory to familiarize yourself with the dialogue content and the three options that will be deliberating (Make Mass Killings More Difficult, Equip People to Defend Themselves, Root Out Violence in Society).

A professor(s) will provide a mini-keynote on the landscape of mass shootings and gun control in the United States. 

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
  • Allows participants to practice and cultivate dialogic skills

Community Dialogues is an initiative offered in partnership by Student Experiences & Engagement - Community Engagement & Leadership, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and University Housing & Dining Services.

Dialogue Topics and 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): Gun Violence - How can we stop mass shootings in our communities?

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 approximately each term. Learn more about Community Dialogue facilitator responsibilities and competencies. 

2019-2020 training dates:

  • To Be Determined

Contact Information

To learn more about the Community Dialogues initiative please contact: 

Brandi Douglas

Assistant Director of Outreach

Office of Institutional Diversity



Emily Bowling

Community Engagement & Leadership

Student Experiences & Engagement