What is Sustained Dialogue?
Sustained Dialogue (SD) is a tool that helps students make time to understand the different perspectives of individuals they otherwise would not meet.
At Princeton University, where it was first introduced, the mission of Sustained Dialogue is to address race and other deep-rooted social divisions, like gender and religion, through meaningful relationships cultivated and supported by ongoing dialogue.
Student groups are given the freedom to concentrate on the issues most pertinent to their campus community. Engaging in such important conversations not only enables students to interact comfortably with all kinds of people, but also helps build relationships across community divides. Participating students are equipped with the communication skills necessary for increasingly diverse academic, social and work environments.
- Courage: to engage those different from ourselves, to challenge bias in others and ourselves, and to take action to address inequities
- Empathy: a willingness to listen deeply to others - especially in moments of conflict; leads to more inclusive worldviews
- Spirit of Inquiry: learn from each other, rigorously evaluate our efforts, analyze data to inform our program and operations strategies
- Continuity: commitment to sustained engagement to facilitate lasting impact in communities and organizations
- Collaboration: examine relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, and communities; collaborate to ignite deeper impact
Research, Grants & Consultancy
This is a developing area of mediation and peace-building activity which will benefit from additional time in which to engage with potential donors and supporters of this initiative. To date, members of the Peace Institute (PI) team have succeeded in acquiring federal grants partly to support instruction in mediation and peace-building, while two grant proposals for international training programs are currently awaiting decision.
In terms of consultancy activity, PI has a track record of working successfully with two foreign universities in providing curriculum and instruction in negotiation and conflict resolution, as well as designing and delivering mediator training for the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank.
Research opportunities exist for students and faculty interested in working with US and international colleagues in the field of conflict resolution education. A criminal justice professor has initiated contact with the conflict resolution education network and selected a student to attend an international conference which will give rise to research and development initiatives on the Green River campus in 2015 and after.
Dr. Barry Bannister
Director, The Peace Institute at Green River
417 Ramsay Way
Kent, WA 98032