Through the Democracy and Dialogues Initiative, the University of Connecticut is working to increase democratic and civic capacity by supporting community dialogues on critical issues, providing moderator and facilitation training for dialogues and deliberations, and partnering with campus colleagues and local institutions to increase meaningful participation by all community members.

This initiative is run by Dodd Human Rights Impact and is supported by the Human Rights Institute, the Office of Global Affairs, UConn's Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Humanities Institute, UConn Extension and the Division of Student Affairs - Parent's Fund.



Encounter Series EventThe Encounters Series, a program dedicated to fostering unexpected conversations around divisive issues and obscure knowledge, began in Spring 2017 with the sponsorship of the Humility & Conviction in Public Life project, the Hartford Public Library (Hartford History Center), and the Wadsworth Atheneum (The Amistad Center for Art & Culture). Learn more...



Campus Dialogue EventThe Initiative on Campus Dialogues (ICD) is a working group originally organized as part of the project on Humility & Conviction in Public Life. This initiative brings together UConn students, staff and faculty, as well as non-university practitioners, around a two-step model focused on dialogue and implementation. Learn more...


11/11 & 11/19 Race and Community Dialogue

Wednesday November 11, 6:00-8:00pm -or- POSTPONED: Thursday November 19, 6:00-8:00pm This dialogue provides the opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to discuss, share experiences, and ask questions about race. There are two opportunities to attend: Wednesday November 11 or Thursday November 19. Given the immense amount of diversity on the UConn campus, it is important […]

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11/17/20 Dialogue Moderation Skills Workshop

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 1:00pm – 3:00pm Central to the creation of robust and respectful dialogue is the role of moderator. This workshop explores aspects of moderating both individual and series of dialogues in the classroom. Topics to be covered include the following: • Differences between the moderator and facilitator roles in dialogues • Set-up […]

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11/5/20 Encounters: Radical Women Artists

Thursday November 5, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Zoom Event hosted by Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Explore questions about how gender has shaped the history of art and how notions of gender have evolved over time. Join a conversation about gender and art as we evaluate the artist Zoe Leonard’s assessment of poet Eileen […]

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