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.

Events & Announcements

2/25 Facilitator Training

  Thursday February 25 4:00-5:30 pm  Encounters is a structured-dialogue model that allows participants to come face-to-face and converse about issues that matter in their community. Encounters dives deeply into subjects through facilitated, small-group dialogues followed by a “question and answer”-style conversation with content-area specialists. Encounters team members will facilitate a “how-to” training for those […]

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2/28 Film & Dialogue

Join us this Sunday, February 28, from 6:00-9:00 pm, for a film screening of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” and a dialogue to follow the film   Link to register available at:    Co-hosted by Dodd Impact’s Democracy & Dialogues Initiative and the UConn Women’s Center

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3/4 By Our Love

Thursday March 4, 2021 7:00-9:00pm The creators of “By Our Love,” an animated short video produced by UConn’s Greenhouse Studios, will facilitate a dialogue in partnership with the Encounters Series, titled “Paradox in Political Tribalism,” which will be held virtually via Zoom on February 4, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Released on January 22nd, “By Our […]

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  1. 3/9 ICD Fellows Meeting
  2. 3/11 Race & Community Dialogue
  3. 3/24 Encounters: Bushnell Park & The Paradoxes Of Urban Renewal
  4. 4/7 ICD Fellows Meeting
  5. 4/22 Encounters: The City Beautiful