Inclusive Communities is proud to partner with the University of Nebraska Omaha to present the UNO Dialogue Project, formerly known as Sustained Dialogue. The goal of this project is to create a space for the UNO community to engage in productive and civil dialogue around uncomfortable or somewhat controversial topics. The program is a space where all points of view are heard and respected, and where UNO students, faculty and staff can develop the skills needed to become thought leaders in the community.
UNO Dialogue Project is a combination of Inclusive Communities’ well-respected Lozier Omaha Table Talk and UNO’s Sustained Dialogue programs and features a panel of speakers followed by small group discussions led by trained facilitators. The facilitators help guide safe, honest and open conversations around a highlighted theme or topic. The UNO Dialogue Project is exclusively reserved for the UNO community and sessions are free to attend, but advanced reservations are recommended.
“We are so excited to be merging the energies of two long-standing community conversation series to create this unique dialogue opportunity for UNO students, staff and faculty!” said Inclusive Communities Executive Director Maggie Wood.
Dr. Jessi Hitchins, Director of the UNO Gender and Sexuality Resource Center concurs: “UNO is excited to be partnering with Inclusive Communities to engage the campus in critical, complex discussions toward building a stronger civil discourse on campus and beyond.”
Four events and facilitator trainings have been scheduled for the upcoming year:
- Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, 9 A.M. - Noon | Facilitator Training
- Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, 4 - 6 P.M. | Civil Discourse on Campus (see description below)
- Friday, Jan. 17, 2019, 9 A.M. - Noon | Facilitator Training
- Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2019, 11 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. | Event (Topic TBD)
- Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, 9 A.M. - Noon | Facilitator Training
- Thursday, March 5, 2020, 4 - 6 P.M. | Event (Topic TBD)
- Friday, July 17, 2020, 9 A.M. - Noon | Facilitator Training
- Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, 4 - 6 P.M. | Event (Topic TBD)
The first discussion, titled Don’t Be a Troll: Civil Discourse on Campus, is jointly presented by Inclusive Communities and the UNO GSRC and will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Milo Bail Student Center:
"Fake News! Disinformation, misinformation, what is information anymore? With trolls lurking on all social media channels ready to fight, insult and argue simply just to argue, what is the point of civil discourse in 2019? Does it still exist? It is critical to the advancement of society that we learn how to dialogue with each other to share and develop the ideas that shape our politics and our lives."
To register for Civil Discourse on Campus on Nov. 12, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uno-dialogue- project-registration-78120912753. To register for Facilitator Training on Nov. 8 or for more information on the UNO Dialogue Project, contact Katherine MacHolmes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Inclusive Communities
Since 1938, Inclusive Communities has served Nebraska, Iowa, and the region by directing our efforts in the areas of youth; community and workplace human relations; and leadership programming to achieve our mission of confronting prejudice, bigotry and discrimination through educational programs that raise awareness, foster leadership and encourage advocacy for a just and inclusive society. For more information or to find out how you can help, visit our website at: www.inclusive-communities.org.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.