What does an SD Program Look Like?
Students are asked to meet regularly and explore topics of their choice with individuals who they wouldn't have otherwise had any space to interact. These discussions are held frequently. Some groups meet once per week while other groups meet every other week for dialogue and every other week for service or a social component.
Each SD group consists of 6-12 participants who are asked to repeatedly meet with each other. This group is most well-suited for SD when it is reflective of community diversity.
Run by Students
Two students, trained by SDCN, moderate each groups' dialogue meetings. Professors, faculty, and staff have participated in SD, but do not lead the student groups. SD student leaders organize the dialogues and the tasks surrounding creating an active student group on campus.
Dialogues focus on probing a particular subject that divides the community, especially those that are often ignored or seen as normal. Each group of students works towards a collective action designed to engage others and address these problems in the larger campus community. SDCN member schools receive access to our curriculum and tools.
Student-created Events and Action
SD students serve as a resource to their campus and community. As part of Stages 4 and 5 of SD, dialogue participants and SD student leaders organize events aimed at turning their dialogue content into useful changes in the university community. Some groups choose to make recommendations to administrators, some choose to hold well-publicized, awareness-building events, others choose to hold film screenings, forums, and town-hall meetings. The resulting action is created with the input of the diverse members of dialogue groups.