The Dialogue Facilitation Lab is a professional learning seminar for faculty, staff and graduate assistants looking to integrate critical dialogue facilitation skills into their daily practice.

Program Structure

The Dialogue Facilitation Lab is a cohort-based applied learning experience.

  • Each cohort consists of 12-16 participants that include perspectives from diverse roles and disciplines.
  • The program consists of an intensive, asynchronous orientation followed by 11 weekly 90-minute zoom sessions.
  • During weekly meetings, participants will have the opportunity to practice dialogue facilitation skills and receive feedback from their peers.

Program Goals

The Dialogue Facilitation Lab aims to: 

  • Raise confidence and capacity of faculty, staff, and graduate assistants to facilitate cognitively and emotionally complex learning spaces
  • Dynamically train facilitators to support strategic dialogic efforts and respond nimbly to emerging community needs
  • Cultivate dialogic practices throughout diverse functional areas
  • Grow and sustain a community of practice which maintains continued development for dialogue facilitation

Participant Outcomes

The dialogue facilitation lab is designed to develop participants ability to:

  • Guide difficult dialogue among diverse constituents
  • Empower participation in ways which challenge traditional educational norms
  • Attend to both dialogue content and process
  • Enable full and equitable participation among diverse participants 
  • Engage in critical self-examination
  • Thoughtfully integrate newly acquired concepts and skills into institutional responsibilities


Open applications will be announced via campus-wide email.

  • The dialogue facilitation lab is held twice each year during the winter and spring terms
  • Forthcoming lab dates include:
    • Winter 2023, Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:00pm, January 11 - March 22 

    • Summer 2023, Thursdays, 2:30pm-4:00pm, June 29 - September 7