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...


1/20/21 Democracy and Community Dialogue

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 4:00pm-6:00pm Members of the UConn community are invited to come together on Inauguration Day 2021 for a dialogue on strengthening our democracy. The present historic moment demands robust participation in our political system and commitment to the values upon which it is built. But what do we want our democracy to […]

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2/18/21 Encounters: Origins of Hip Hop

Thursday, February 18, 6:00-8:00pm Hosted by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library When was the first time you got down on the dance floor, sprayed paint on an outdoor wall, or listened to rap on the radio? Maybe hip hop has never really been part of your life. Hip Hop is a global arts movement that was started by […]

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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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  1. Jan 20 Democracy & Community Dialogue4:00pm
  2. Feb 18 Encounters: Origins Of Hip Hop6:00pm