The Sustained Dialogue (SD) program works to create community change by building powerful relationships across differences. It directs participants to focus on the “Big Eight” social identifiers: socioeconomic status, gender and sex, age, race and color, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and ability. The program was created by American diplomat Harold “Hal” Saunders, who contributed to peace processes in the Middle East.
Now its fourth year at St. Olaf, Sustained Dialogue is a student-run program that has provided training to nearly 300 campus community members.
This Spring, the training session will be led by Rhonda Fitzgerald, the managing director of the national Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, a non-profit organization based in Washington DC. Following the daylong event, participants will gather with a small group each week for four weeks to continue their work through active dialogue sessions.
Spring 2018 Timeline
Sustained Dialogue runs over a five week period (5 meetings). Attendance at the kick-off event and four subsequent small group meetings are a required part of this program:
- February 21 – Deadline to sign up
- February 24 – Sustained Dialogue Kick-Off (9am-6pm) at TOH 210
- Week of February 26 – Small Group Dialogue (Day/Time Determined by Group)
- Week of March 5 – Small Group Dialogue (Day/Time Determined by Group)
- Week of March 12 – Small Group Dialogue (Day/Time Determined by Group)
- Week of March 19 – Small Group Dialogue (Day/Time Determined by Group)