Community Dialogue Facilitation Network

The Community Dialogue Facilitation Network (CDFN) develops our campus's collective capability to engage productively in difficult conversations by training UR students, staff, and faculty in the use of equity-minded group facilitation skills.

The foundation of the CDFN is an extensive training series, graduates of which form a network of skilled facilitators who can serve as a resource for difficult campus forums and dialogues. Participants report that the training not only helps them feel connected to a community of others who care about creating a more inclusive campus, but also significantly boosts their facilitation capabilities in ways that will be helpful to their professional success.

Our approach to dialogue facilitation emerged through an ongoing partnership with renowned facilitation experts, Matthew Freeman and David Campt, and emphasizes the complete arc of a dialogue, dialogue design, techniques for leading discussions of polarizing topics, and how to address a range of facilitation-related challenges. 

Spring 2023 Cohort

We’re now accepting applications for the spring CDFN cohort. We plan to meet six times on Friday mornings from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on the following dates:

February 3
February 10
February 17
February 24
March 17
March 24
March 31 (if needed)

Our expectation is that participants will attend all six sessions.