Dialogue

Since 2013, NC Campus Compact has promoted deliberative dialogue as a tool for building citizenship and community.  We have trained over 550 faculty, staff, students, and community members from 71 colleges and universities to moderate deliberative dialogues.

Drawing on a framework developed by the National Issues Forums (NIF), our moderator training prepares campuses to host their own deliberative dialogue forum. A forum brings people together in a small gathering to deliberate a challenging public issue. The process is guided by a neutral moderator and a discussion guide that presents multiple approaches to addressing the problem.

According to NIF, “This framework ensures a careful, nonpartisan way of presenting alternative solutions to your group and welcoming their different views. Designed to produce a rich investigation into what your group is thinking about an issue, the Framework helps you arrive together at what is acceptable and what is not.” 

Our moderator training includes an understanding of deliberation, an overview of the four components of a forum, and engagement in a practice forum. Participants receive strategies and sample questions, as well as tips and tools for effective moderating. NC Campus Compact’s efforts were featured in the National Issues Forum blog  in March 2015.

Since 2013, our Compact has led moderator training sessions at Central Piedmont Community College, Elon University, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, Rollins College (FL), UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, Warren Wilson College, and at the 2019 Western Region Continuums of Service Conference at the University of San Diego, the 2018 Florida Campus Compact Professional Development Conference in Miami, the 2018 Engagement for the Public Good Conference at James Madison University (VA), and the 2019 WI Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI.

Contact Executive Director Leslie Garvin lgarvin {at} elon(.)edu  for more information about bringing deliberative dialogue training to your campus.

The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation offers additional resources on these topics.