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Dins Dialogue Workshop Series

In Fall 2015, as a way to gauge the experiences of underrepresented students at Furman, open forum discussions revealed a lack of critical dialogue on Furman’s campus involving topics of discomfort surrounding diversity, inclusion and social justice issues. In response, the Dins Dialogue Series was created in Spring 2016 in aims to provide a space for the exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas within the Furman community. The goal was to foster a campus environment that is competent, respectful and inclusive of diverse cultures and identities through moderated discussions lead by Furman faculty and community experts.

The following semester, Dr. Claire Whitlinger, Assistant Professor in Sociology proposed an intergroup dialogue course based on the University of Michigan’s Program on Intergroup Relations. The “Michigan Model” utilizes dialogic pedagogy at the center of their curricular and co-curricular offerings, leading participants through a four-stage model. Similar to Michigan’s program which is a collaborative effort between Student Life and Academic Affairs, the Dins Dialogue series was reimagined as the co-curricular component of Furman’s dialogue program, and is housed within the Center for Inclusive Communities. The program will officially launch in Fall 2018 with a group of trained peer facilitators, who will lead workshops on social identity, power and privilege and community engagement.

Workshops Offered

Identity and Privilege

This session serves as a foundation for classes that explore social issues, politics, or community interests, regardless of whether the class plans to work directly in the community. This session involves deep self-reflection and small group dialogue to understand the complexity of identity and how privilege operates in society at large.

The goals of this workshop are for students to:

  • understand the concept of social identities and their relationship to statuses of advantage and disadvantage
  • become aware of intersections of multiple identities and statuses
  • understand the process of socialization within institutional structures, including internalization and reproduction of received messages, especially within the individual’s own contexts
Implicit Bias

Not currently being offered for Fall 2020.

Adapted from Dr. Michelle Horhota’s work, this session defines and recognizes implicit bias. This workshop is facilitated in 60-90 minutes to fully understand how bias shapes interactions, behaviors, and relationships. Small group discussion and personal reflection are the basis of this workshop.

Goals for this workshop are for students to:

  • understand implicit bias and how it shapes behaviors, interactions, and relationships
  • recognize bias through the process of interpersonal, cultural, and institutional socialization
  • reflect on how the intersection of social identities informs bias
Community Engagement: Developing active citizenship

Not currently being offered for Fall 2020.

Community Engagement workshops explore the difference between service and community-engaged learning partnerships. Participants will be introduced to key elements of active citizenship and cultural awareness specific to the project or partnership they are building in the community so that the partnership is intentional, sustainable, and values community input.

The goals of this workshop are for students to:

  • Empower students to think critically about their engagement with, and role in, social issues within their communities
  • Understand specific frameworks for creating citizen-centered change
  • Create a realistic and feasible action plan to engage in the community

Dins Dialogues Workshop Request Form

To request a workshop, please complete the Workshop Request Form below​.

  • All requests should be made at least 3 weeks in advance in order to give adequate time to assign facilitators.
  • Please provide multiple options for workshop dates. We will not schedule more than 3 workshops in one week, and appreciate flexibility when trying to coordinate schedules.
  • Even when requested directly, all requests for a workshop should be placed through the online form.

For more information or questions please email

Dins Dialogues Workshop Request Form

Meet Our Dins Dialogue Facilitators