MOntana State UNiversity Sustained Dialogue
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"By participating in engaged dialogue, our aim is to promote holistic understanding by bridging gaps between traditionally opposing groups. Sustained conversations will encourage and embrace diversity, resulting in actions that are deliberate, thoughtful, and enduring."
What is Sustained Dialogue?
Sustained Dialogue (SD) is a dialogue to action process that transforms relationships and creates informed community change. SD is rooted in the conflict resolution methodology of senior Middle East diplomat Hal Saunders, a key drafter of the Camp David Peace Accords. During Hal's international negotiations, he observed patterns in the ways that participants' relationships evolved which inform the foundations of SD.
Sustained Dialogue programs exist on campuses across the country to gather student participants from diverse backgrounds to build relationships and develop informed strategies to improve their communities around the following dimensions of identity: race, ethnicity, sex/gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, socioeconomic status, and ability status.