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Program Overview 

Dialogue for Change (DfC) is a 2-day intensive professional development program that takes participants through a concise Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) experience and provides them with concrete skills to create meaningful change in their communities. Participants will learn more about the tenets of IGD, engage in self-reflection, and develop their identity as a change-agent through interactive exercises.   

The UODI will offer two retreat opportunities, one for Carolina faculty & staff and the other for graduate & professional students.  

Applicant Profile 

Interested in participants with various levels of dialogue experience, who are passionate about self-reflection, community-building, and engaging in productive conflict. Seeking a diverse cohort with representation across social identities including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, (dis)ability status, nationality, geographic origin, language use, first generation, veteran/military, and political ideology.  

Responsibilities & Commitments 

Participants will be expected to attend both Thursday & Friday sessions from 9:00AM-5:00PM, with an optional 8:30AM breakfast. Lunch will be provided.   


Dialogue for Change Retreat Information

Graduate and Professional Students

Program Dates: Thursday, February 29, 2024 and Friday, March 1, 2024

Learning Goals: 

  • Develop greater self-awareness about one’s personal relationship to social identity and communication and conflict styles
  • Explore allyship and how to be a more supportive ally in professional and academic settings
  • Garner tools to help address challenging situations in the professional and academic worlds including microaggressions and incidents of bias
  • Enhance group dynamics and foster the development of a peer cohort comprised of social justice advocates.
  • Create an action plan for continued learning after the retreat

Application Launch: Monday, December 11, 2023

Application Deadline: Monday, January 29, 2024

APPLY HERE!

Dialogue for Change Retreat Information

Faculty and Staff

2023 Program Closed.

Program Dates: Thursday, October 12, 2023 and Friday, October 13, 2023

Learning Goals: 

  • Develop greater self-awareness about one’s personal relationship to social identity and communication and conflict styles
  • Explore allyship and how to be a more supportive ally in the workplace and classroom
  • Understand approaches for creating a more open and inclusive classroom environment, including psychological safety
  • Review pedological approaches to dialogue, including intergroup dialogue
  • Garner tools to help address challenging situations in the workplace and/or classroom setting including microaggressions and incidents of bias
  • Create an action plan for continued learning after the retreat

Application Launch: Monday, August 21, 2023

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Keep an eye out on this page to know more about 2024 applications!

Please reach out to Ari Weinbaum, Assistant Director of Education, Community Engagement, and Strategic Initiatives (amwein@unc.edu) or Cloe Liparini, Director of Education, Community Engagement, and Belonging (cloe@unc.edu) if you have any questions.