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Dins Dialogue Workshop Series

The Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) Program at Furman University was created so that students, faculty, and staff could learn how to have conversations about the social identities that often put us in conflict with one another. This program is a collaborative effort between Student Life and Academic Affairs and Dins Dialogue is the co-curricular offering of the program. The strength of the Dins Dialogue program is in the peer-to-peer facilitated model. Dins Dialogues Facilitators are undergraduates who receive ongoing development in dialogic pedagogy and facilitation skills and are poised to be thought and conversation leaders. The goal of every workshop is to craft space for participants to engage with one another across differences of race, gender, sexuality, class, religion and politics in ways that promote mutual understanding, compassion, and social justice.

Program History

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 around topics related diversity, inclusion and social justice. In response, the Dins Dialogue program was created as a co-curricular offering to the campus community. In 2018, the Dins Dialogue program formally launched with a group of trained peer facilitators who led workshops on social identity, power and privilege, and community engagement. As of 2021, the peer facilitators have led hundreds of workshops in which participants engage one another by having honest conversations about identity with a commitment to learning from each other’s experience. The program is housed in the Center for Inclusive Communities and was built on the labor of Deborah Allen, Emilee O’Brien, Morgan Danyi, and the several student facilitators who have expanded the program in both breadth and depth. The Dins Dialogue program collaborates with and complements Introduction to Intergroup Dialogue (IGD 101), credit-bearing courses that are led by faculty and staff facilitators.

 

Dins Dialogues Workshop Request Form

We are excited you are interested in requesting a workshop for your group, class, or organization! We follow a workshop request process so that your experience as requesters meets your expectations and addresses the growing needs of our campus.

Workshops requests are accepted by semester: We will begin accepting workshops for the Fall (September-December) starting on August 1st and for the Spring (January-April) starting on November 1st and for the Summer (May-August) on April 1st.

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

Dins Dialogue Workshop Request Form

  • All requests should be made at least 3 weeks in advance in order to give adequate time to assign facilitators. We can only officially confirm your workshop once we have confirmed facilitators who can lead it.
  • Please provide multiple options for workshop dates. We appreciate flexibility in coordinating schedules.

For more information or questions please contact us at dinsdialogues@furman.edu.

 

Workshops Offered

Modes of Communication-Debate v. Discussion v. Dialogue

This workshop serves as a foundation to Dialogue by introducing participants to the three modes of communication–debate, discussion, and dialogue. This workshop is designed to heighten awareness that we all do, in fact, go in and out of these modes in any given conversation. The scholarly literature that undergirds the work of the Intergroup Dialogue Program shows that, when talking about social identity, dialogue is the most effective mode for communicating and social change. This workshop and its activities require no less than 90 minutes.

Participants in this workshop will be:

  1. able to articulate the differences between debate, discussion, and dialogue
  2. given the tools to identify when they move in and out of each mode
  3. primed for continued participation in other workshops offered by the Dins Dialogue program

Special Note for 2022-2023 AY: All first-year students will have engagement with these concepts through Pathways. While every workshop is unique, we encourage exploring other options for a first-year Pathways cohort. 

Social Identity 101: What is Social Identity?

This workshop is an entry point into the exploration of social identity. This workshop and its activities works best when sequenced with the workshop ‘Modes of Communication’. This workshop introduces participants to the language of ‘group’ and ‘group membership’ and the concept of an intersectional framework and its consequences through guided self-reflection. This workshop and its activities require no less than 60 minutes.

Participants in this workshop will be:

  1. able to identify their respective social groups
  2. introduced to intersectionality as a fact and framework
  3. supported as they enter dialogue about their social identities

Special Note for 2022-2023 AY: All first-year students will have engagement with these concepts through Pathways. While every workshop is unique, we encourage exploring other options for a first-year Pathways cohort. 

Social Identity 201: Power, Advantage, and Disadvantage in Groups

In this workshop, participants will deepen their consideration of social identity and its influences. “Why are some identities preferred over others?” is the central question of this workshop. Participants will interrogate group dynamics, how these dynamics may create preference for some identities over others, and how to mitigate and resolve situations that may cause harm. Other major themes of this workshop are implicit biases and micro-/macro-agressions. This workshop and its activities require no less than 90 minutes.

Participants in this workshop will:

  1. deepen their understanding of social identity
  2. explore the help and harm of implicit biases
  3. co-create action plans of harm-reduction through bystander intervention tactics
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Coming Spring 2023

Become a Dins Dialogues Peer Facilitator!

Dins Dialogues Facilitators (DDFs) are the core of the Dins Dialogues program. The DDF is a specialized experience within the CIC. DDFs are a team of undergraduates who work together to support and advance the Justice, Equity, and Inclusion efforts at Furman. During their year-long tenure, DDFs will undergo extensive training along with leadership and professional development on topics that include, but are not limited to dialogic pedagogy, facilitation strategy, social change theory, social justice education, and curriculum development. DDFs will receive a stipend to compensate the designated number of hours per term.

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are closed.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a Dins Dialogue workshop?

This depends on which workshop you request. While we are mindful of time constraints, we are equally mindful that our workshops require at least 90 minutes for full participation. Each workshop is tailored for each requesting group, course section, or organization so reach out to us before deciding not to go forward with a request.

Is there a minimum attendance requirement?

In order to create a more effective learning environment and use engaging activities, our workshops work best with 8-40 participants. Please reach out to us if you would like to request a workshop for a group outside of this size range, and we talk through the options.

I work with student leaders/peer advisors/peer mentors, etc. who would like to develop their facilitation skills. Can I request a Dins Dialogue workshop to train them?

Dins Dialogues cannot offer “train-the-trainer” workshops. We would love to host your students in one of our workshops, but we cannot train them in facilitation skills.

Can I request a Dins Dialogue workshop for staff, faculty, or other non-students?

Dins Dialogue is founded on a peer-to-peer facilitated model. As such, our students cannot facilitate workshops for faculty and staff. If you are interested in working with IGD (Intergroup Dialogue) for a session/workshop for non-students, please reach out to us and we will route you to the most appropriate source. Additionally, faculty and staff may connect with CREATE through the Faculty Development Center for intentional conversations on race, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

How do I know if a Dins Dialogue workshop is right for me?

A Dins Dialogue workshop may be for you if:

  • you want to create a group or environment where folks recognize the different modes of communication.
  • you want to create an interactive space to engage in dialogue about social identity and social justice.
  • you have noticed difficulty navigating conversations within your group due to social identities such as race, gender, class, sexuality, etc.

A Dins Dialogue workshop may not be a good fit for you if:

  • you want a workshop entirely centered on leadership, team building, or conflict resolution. Though our sessions may enhance these skills, we do not directly cover workshops on these topics.
  • you want to report a bias incident. You may report a bias incident here: Online Bias Incident Report
  • you are seeking mediation for your organization/class/residence hall.

Should I request a Dins Dialogues workshop for a training on implicit bias, microagressions, affirming terminology, etc.? 

While our workshops explore these concepts, our workshops are not designed as trainings. Please contact Jocelyn Boulware Bruce at jocelyn.boulware4@furman.edu to design a training for your course section or organization.