Event Highlight

SIPA's Dialogue Across Difference Programming

Posted Jan 16 2024

As part of the campus-wide Dialogue Across Difference initiative to build our community and reinvest in our values, SIPA will be hosting its own series of programs this spring. The purpose is to encourage open and frank dialogue, hone the art of listening, and build bridges with those with whom we disagree. Here at the world’s leading policy school, we know these are exactly the kind of skills necessary to succeed as problem solvers, diplomats, executives, and peace makers.

Explore the Spring 2024 Programming 

(Please check back for ongoing updates and additions to the programming.)

January and February

SIPA Community Circles - facilitated by Jilliene Rodriguez, Associate Dean of Diversity and Community Engagement

The Community Circles offers members of each community (students, staff, and faculty) to share their personal perspectives and the impact events have on them as individuals, while coming together as a broader community. The facilitator will serve as a guide to support the conversation and time of reflection. 

(SIPA students, staff, and faculty only. An invitation to participate and register for a specific Circle will be emailed to each community. These conversations are supported by OSA and the DEICE Committee.)

Tuesday, January 23 - 1-2pm

How to Talk About Hot Topics with a Classmate, Colleague, Friend, Roommate, Family Member, Adversary - facilitated by Professor Seth Freeman 

This practical, interactive workshop gives participants a field-tested way to have an excellent conversation about any ‘hot topic’ that both you and your conversation partner will enjoy.

(SIPA students only.)

Register Here

Friday, February 2 - 1-2pm

How to Talk Politics More Persuasively with Someone You Disagree With - facilitated by Professor Seth Freeman 

This practical, interactive workshop gives participants two well-established strategies for speaking more persuasively and winsomely with someone who strongly disagrees with you.

(SIPA students only.)

Register Here

Friday, February 16 - 1-2pm

What to Do If you Can’t Even Agree on the Facts: Two Field-Tested Solutions - facilitated by Professor Seth Freeman 

This practical, interactive workshop equips participants with two well-tested and effective ways to shift from impasse over facts to something much better.

(SIPA students only.)

Register Here