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...


11/5/20 Encounters: Radical Women Artists

Thursday November 5, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Zoom Event hosted by Wadsworth Atheneuum Museum of Art CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT 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 […]

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10/26/20 Encounters: American Dreams

  As ‘American Dreams’ begins its Hartford run, join community members for a special Encounters Dialogue event.  Who gets to be a citizen? Who gets to decide? Monday, October 26   7:00pm – 9:00pm Register via Zoom   Special Guests to be announced… AMERICAN DREAMS It’s a Game. It’s a Show.  It’s America Imagine a […]

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ICD Fellowship Project Highlight: Vamos!

Vamos! A multidisciplinary dialogue series about intersectional Latinx experiences at UConn This is the first Q & A in a series highlighting the 2020-2021 ICD Fellowship teams and their projects. To learn more about the Vamos! team’s efforts and stay up to date with their events sign up for their listserv at: For more […]

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  1. Oct 23 Centering the body for online learning and dialogue: basic meditation techniques3:30pm
  2. Oct 26 Encounters: American Dreams7:00pm
  3. Nov 17 Dialogue Moderation Skills1:00pm