Community Dialogue Workshop

Hosted by the School of Peace and Conflict Studies

in Collaboration with Hands Across the Hills, the Growing Democracy Project, and the KSU Department of  Political Science

at Kent State University 

February 17-19, 2023

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Review will begin on October 1, 2022. 

The final application deadline is November 1, 2022.  Apply here.


The School of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University will host a Community Dialogue Workshop on February 17-19, 2023. The purpose of this conference is to bring together students, faculty, staff, practitioners and community members both new to dialogue and those who are already dedicated to using dialogue for intergroup communication, conflict de-escalation and resolution, and for building diverse coalitions for equity and justice at the community level.  

This conference intends to introduce new facilitators and evaluators to the practice and challenges of community-based group dialogue, share ideas and innovations across those doing this work, and forge connections between participants to create network of scholars and practitioners who can support each other to bring about positive social change. 

Sessions will include a Friday full-day practical dialogue training for those interested in beginning their dialogue facilitation journey, followed by multiple collaborative sessions deepening our mutual understanding of dialogue practice, evaluation, and teaching on Saturday and Sunday. These sessions tentatively include using dialogue in the classroom, art and dialogue, facilitating difficult conversations, technology and dialogue, evaluating the effectiveness of dialogue programs, and the future of engaged scholarship in academia.