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DEI Events

Amplify Dialogue is a month-long series of events in May featuring LSA programs and initiatives that facilitate conversation across difference. During this month-long series, there will be multiple events and activities that center around facilitating dialogue in different settings. LSA Staff and Faculty are strongly encouraged to participate in one or all of these events to build and celebrate the power of dialogue to bridge difference, cultivate inclusion, and achieve excellence.

LSA staff and faculty can explore and register for all the Amplify Dialogue events on the LSA Gateway.

Amplify Dialogue Themes


Though we might immediately think that talking is central to dialogue, listening to understand is what makes the dialogue process possible. Try to listen as if someone is giving a gift. Honor their story as you would hope they would yours.

Your Story

Everyone has a narrative to share when in dialogue to cultivate inclusion. Sharing one’s own experiences, and being heard by others (listening), is central to understanding and being understood.


Who we are and how we understand and share about ourselves helps us engage in dialogue to bridge differences. We must first understand the groups to which we belong (like race, gender, religion, etc.) and what they mean to us in order to understand others (perspective-taking).

Perspective Taking

The ability to understand an issue from someone else’s point of view is central to the dialogue process. Empathizing with others’ thoughts and feelings—even when you do not agree, helps others feel heard and respected.

Bridging differences includes trying to understand difficult issues or people with whom we disagree. Learning how to maneuver those tough conversations while remaining patient and in the moment is the key to staying in dialogue.

Amplify Dialogue Events

Monday, May 6
Why a Backchannel Should Exist In *ALL* First-Year Courses
1:00–2:50 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7
Integrating Themes of Social Justice in the Classroom
10:00–11:50 a.m.

Wednesday, May 8
Navigating Difficult Conversations with Empathetic Listening and Responding Part I
10:00–11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 8
Avoiding Bad Dialogic Practice - Utilizing Inquiry
3:00–4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15
Applying Principles of Transparency to Classroom Discussions
1:00–3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15
ELI Conversation Circles Program - Informational Open House for Prospective Facilitators
3:00–5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 16
Navigating Difficult Conversations with Empathetic Listening and Responding Part II
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Friday, May 17
Teaching in Tumultuous Times: Making Choices about How to Address the World beyond Your Classroom
9:00–11:00 a.m.

Friday, May 17
Advanced Strategies and Techniques for Multipartial Facilitation
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

May 20–June 21
LSA Staff Scavenger Hunt

Monday, May 20
Building a Dialogic Community: Thinking Beyond Dialogue Workshops, Classes, Discussions, and Techniques
1:00–2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22
What Is Intergroup Dialogue: This Is How We Do It
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 30
A Day of Listening and Sharing
11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.



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