Dialogue Circles: Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ’s about SU’s Dialogue Circles
Q: How are SU’s Dialogue Circles different from the 2001-2004 staff diversity training initiative?
A: Participation in Dialogue Circles is voluntary and allows for extended dialogue over a six-week period. University staff members that choose to participate learn from each other through sharing stories, opinions, and observations, culminating with action steps the individual participants commit to in order to work toward eliminating racism.
Q: When did SU start Dialogue Circles for staff?
A: The first two Circles began February 21 (Circle One) and February 23 (Circle Two) 2006.
Q: How are SU’s Dialogue Circles organized?
A: SU’s Dialogue Circles comprise 10-16 people of varied racial backgrounds led in discussions of racism, reconciliation, and responsibility by a team of trained facilitators.
Q: How are other diversity issues (such as issues of gender or sexuality) addressed as part of these Circles?
A: Although there are many diversity issues that contribute to the way individuals interact, the Circles focus on racially specific instances. This serves as a basis for discussing other types of diversity.
Q: When can I join a Circle?
A: Three Circles are planned per year; one each in spring, summer and fall. Space is limited and sign up is on a first come, first served basis. Employees interested in participating must commit to attending a the entire length of each Circle for the full six-week session.
Q: Who can I contact for more information?
A: For further information about SU’s Dialogue Circles, contact Curlene Autrey at x1520 in the Office of Human Resources.
FAQ’s about Community Wide Dialogue Circles
Q: Where does Community Wide Dialogue (CWD) host its Circles?
A: CWD Circles are held in various locations throughout the city. Past locations have included: OASIS center; South Side News Stand; Westcott Street Christian Fellowship; the Salvation Army; and the Native American Service Agency. CWD circles are also in place at local schools, such as Nottingham.
Q: What has happened locally as a result of the CWD Circles?
A: CWD has made significant strides in ending institutional racism in the community. Collaborations with leaders in the banking industry, realty, building and construction trades, and local government have been brought about as a result of the Circles.
Q: Who can I contact at for more information about the CWD circles?
A: Beth Broadway, Community Wide Dialogue, 449-3552 ext 119.
Questions? Contact Curlene Autrey at x1520.