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Sustained Dialogue at Augustana College

In an effort to build a stronger, more inclusive campus community, Augustana will participate in the Sustained Dialogue program. The core of the program will be small group discussions between various groups to build relationships and understanding of personal differences.

Sustained Dialogue groups will meet weekly during fall wterm, and the entire campus community is encouraged to participate in these small discussion groups. No training is necessary to participate in group discussions.

The goal of the Sustained Dialogue program is not to change each other's minds but to allow people to be changed through engagement with new experiences, ideas and people.

Learn more about the global Sustained Dialogue efforts.

Together, groups will look for a shared and collective meaning, in order to listen without judgment and help positively impact campus culture.

The building blocks of dialogue include:
• Suspending judgment
• Deep listening
• Identifying assumptions and biases
• Reflection and inquiry

The weekly commitment is estimated at 90 minutes for participants. Any campus community member can participate in these small groups.