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Deliberative Dialogue

Seek a Shared Understanding

Deliberative dialogue is method of thinking and talking together. It is a way for individuals from varied backgrounds and perspectives to come together to seek a shared understanding of problem or issue and search for common ground and action. Trained individuals (i.e. students, faculty, staff, and community members) moderate the dialogue and use an issue guide to help frame the issue by presenting the overall problem/ concern followed by three or four broad approaches to the issue. Participants work through the issue by considering each approach examining appeals, concerns, costs, consequences, and trade-offs for each approach.

2021 Deliberative Dialogue Initiative: Let's Start Listening 

Starting in 2021, Ferris is launching its Let’s Start Listening initiative. An initiative that is centered on thinking, listening, and talking together about difficult topics. This initiative is student-centered and student led. Each month students will moderate deliberative dialogues on campus.

Some topics will include: Campus Life Post Pandemic, COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness and Issues, First-Gen College Success, Health and Wellness: Stress, Anxiety Depression and College, Building Bridges: Getting Past Differences and Talking Together, Social Justice: Food Insecurity,  The Opioid Epidemic: Raising Awareness and Reducing Stigma, Social Justice: Climate Justice, and more..

Upcoming Events

SEP13
Deliberative Dialogue - COVID-19: On What Do We Agree?

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: University Center, Founder's Room (UCB 203) 

For more information or to pre-register email Kristin Conley at [email protected]

OCT12
Deliberative Dialogue- Youth and Opportunity: What Should We Do for Future Generations to Thrive?
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
Location: University Center, Founder's Room (UCB 203)

For more information or to preregister for this event, please email Kristin Conley, [email protected]

OCT26
Deliberative Dialogue -Discovering Truths: Peeling Back the Labels of Substance Use Disorder – A Discussion and Deliberation on the Overdose Crisis
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
Location: University Center, Founder's Room ( UCB 203)


For more information or to pre-register for this event, email Kristin Conley, [email protected] .

NOV03
Deliberative Dialogue- Social Justice Topic: Immigration and Refugees
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
Location: University Center, Founder's Room (UCB 203)


For more information or to pre-register for this event, email Kristin Conley, [email protected] .

NOV10
Deliberative Dialogue-First Gen-College Success
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
Location: FLITE, Reading Room 


For more information or to pre-register for this event, email Kristin Conley, [email protected] or Dave McCall, [email protected]

DEC02
Deliberative Dialogue- Social Justice Topic: Climate Justice
Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
Location: University Center, Founder's Room ( UCB 203)


For more information or to pre-register for this event, email Kristin Conley, [email protected] .

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