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Dialogue Programs

Students and others sit in a circle as they participate in one of UC San Diego's dialogue programs (Center for Student Involvement - Communication & Leadership)CSI's dialogue programs are open to current UC San Diego undergraduate students, graduate students, and campus partners.

Dialogue topics

  • CSI-Communication & Leadership and additional CSI staff members provide quarterly dialogue programs throughout the school year to engage in civil and meaningful discussions to learn about various perspectives on a range of topics. Participate in a workshop in two ways:

    • Campus Conversations, open to all UCSD students
    • Request a workshop or workshop series

Dialogue programs offered

Spring 2021 Open Campus Conversations

In collaboration with the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC), Tritons Together: Campus Conversations offers community building dialogue circles for the UC San Diego community.

A team of student Dialogue Ambassadors co-facilitate Circle Dialogues, known as community building circles. Co-facilitators provide a structured environment to generate dialogue among participants on a specific topic. Circle Dialogues foster open and supportive spaces for people to talk about differences, develop empathy and enhance perspectives.

For this quarter, Dialogue Ambassadors will be facilitating virtual community building circles. Click each session to register:

 

Tuesday, April 13; 6-7:30pm - Campus Conversations: Cancel Culture

How do we react to controversy surrounding public figures or entertainment such as Dr.
Seuss, the Bachelor, Shane Dawson, J.K. Rowling, and Ellen? Come share your stories with cancel
culture. Cancel culture (or call-out culture) is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust outof social or professional circles – whether it be online, on social media, or in person.

Register

 

Wednesday, April 21; 6-7:30pm - Campus Conversations: Unpacking Racial Injustice

Dialogue Ambassadors and students in attendance will create a space to be in community and discuss personal reactions to the Derek Chauvin trial, as well as our feelings around policing in this country and racial injustices. This space will be facilitated by UCSD student Dialogue Ambassadors and supported by staff from both UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services and the National Conflict Resolution Center.

Register

 

Tuesday, April 27; 6-7:30pm - Campus Conversations: The Earth and I

While in quarantine, it can be habit to stay inside and stick to a routine. This circle invites
you to reconnect and appreciate with the natural world around you.

Register

 

Tuesday, May 4; 6-7:30pm - Campus Conversations: Interfaith Dialogue

Join us for an interfaith dialogue as we discuss our lived experiences and spiritual journeys.
Come prepared to learn from others, ask questions, and honor our shared humanity. Open to all faith
and non-faith backgrounds.

Register

 

Wednesday, May 5; 6-7:30pm - Campus Conversations: Mother's Day

A conversation to acknowledge the multi-faceted representation of "Mother" and what
that concept or person means to you.

Register

 

Thursday, May 13; 6-7:30pm - Campus Conversations: (Library) Walk Down Memory Lane

Come reminisce on the great memories you have had at UC San Diego and what you look
forward to in the future, as a student or soon-to-be graduate!

Register

Interfaith Dialogues

Join us for an interfaith dialogue as we discuss our lived experiences and spiritual journeys. Come prepared to learn from others, ask questions, and honor our shared humanity. Open to all faith and non-faith backgrounds. 

Climate Circles

Climate circles tap into the collective wisdom to identify and provide actionable solutions. Request a climate circle for any issue that your group would like to explore together. Examples include: membership fallout from going virtual, racial justice issues, group culture, power differences, etc. 

These circles are different from Restorative Justice circles in that they do not attempt to repair harm that an individual or group of people have made. Instead, these circles explore the groups’ interpersonal strengths and challenges in order to better understand how to navigate situations in the future. 

Student Dialogue Ambassador Bios

Pooja

pooja

Birthplace?  Mumbai, India

People you look up to?  My parents and my mentors 

Favorite movie?  Too many options!! But if I had to, in no order, Johnny English Reborn, Her, Arrival, The Dark Knight Rises and Balck Panther would probably be my top 5. 

Favorite music? Bollywood music, alternative/pop or old jazz depending on the mood.  

Favorite color?  Purple and deep orange

Favorite book? Right now, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Favorite place in the universe?  The beach. Or anywhere there’s moving water. It’s so peaceful. 

If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose? Teleportation, so I could travel wherever, whenever I want, including other planets and galaxies.  

Can you play any instruments?  Not yet :) 

What do you like most about community building circles?  Connecting with people from different backgrounds and experiences. 

 

Monique

monique

Birthplace? Nuremberg, Germany

People you look up to? I look up to my mother who has infinite strength and wisdom. 

Favorite movie? My favorite movie is 

Favorite music? My favorite music is R&B… specifically Jhene Aiko.   

Favorite color? My favorite color is lavender :) .

[If you could be any mystical creature, what would you be]? I would be a mermaid because I would live in the ocean if I could. 

Favorite place in the universe? My favorite place in the universe is watching the sunset from gliderport. 

If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose? I would be able to make food aprea instantly. 

Can you play any instruments? I used to be able to play the cello in 5th grade!

What do you like most about community building circles? The thing I like most about circle is how connected I feel to everyone afterwards. I think it's a wonderful way to create meaningful connections and friendships. 

 

Rey

rey

Birthplace? Austin, Texas (but you would probably never know)

People you look up to? People who live intentionally and fight for the causes they believe in

Favorite movie? Lord of the Rings. Because it’s epic (and I’ve been told I look like Legolas)

Favorite music? Always the hardest question because it depends on my mood :)

Favorite color? Cerulean (or any other shade of blue!)

[What is your favorite dessert]? ICE CREAM! 

Favorite place in the universe? So far? Iceland! It’s the closest I’ve come to what earth was like before humanity took over

If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose? I would fly. Everywhere.

Can you play any instruments? Violin and piano!

What do you like most about community building circles? I like hearing about everyone’s different experiences!

 

Prasadini

prasadini

Birthplace? San Diego, California!

People you look up to? Angela Davis, James Baldwin

Favorite movie? I don't think I have one..

Favorite music? I love old and contemporary R&B.

Favorite color?  Right now, pale yellow and lavender.

[How many countries have you travelled to]? 4. Spain, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay.

Favorite place in the universe? The ocean.

If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose? Automatically know how to play any instrument. 

Can you play any instruments? I sing and play ukulele. I used to play piano too.

What do you like most about community building circles? I love the feeling of light that comes after every circle, especially when we create real bonds between the participants.

 

Maria

maria

Birthplace? Brawley, California

People you look up to? Most of my high school teachers, many artists

Favorite movie? Blow starring johnny depp

Favorite music? Latin music/rap

Favorite color? grey/orange

[Where do you see yourself in 5 years]? I see myself graduated from college, pursuing a higher degree in clinical psychology. Hopefully starting my own company. 

Favorite place in the universe? Puerto vallarta

If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose? Reading minds aka professor x 

Can you play any instruments? no

What do you like most about community building circles? I love hearing other’s perspectives

 

Vanessa

vanessa

Birthplace? San Jose, CA

People you look up to? My mom, the Vietnamese professor on campus, my mentors from back home

Favorite movie? Parasite

Favorite music? R&B

Favorite color? Any pastel colors 

What is your favorite snack? I love hot cheeto puffs!! I could eat them all day even if it gives me stomach aches and teary eyes.

Favorite place in the universe? My bed hands down

If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose? I want to be able to go back in time so that I can change some things about my life and give myself new advice and wisdom.

Can you play any instruments? No, unfortunately.

What do you like most about community building circles?  I love being able to connect with new and familiar faces.

 

 

Kate

kate

Birthplace? San Diego, CA

People you look up to? I look up to Park Gowon. If you know, you know!! I also look up to my sister and my mentor! 

Favorite movie? Train to Busan, Comet, Short Term 12, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Favorite music? Lofi beats (special shout out to chilled cow), R&B, kbops, honestly anything and everything. 

Favorite color? Seafoam green

What would be your weapon of choice in a Zombie Apocalypse? I would use my field hockey stick and wrap barbed wire around it, or those swords Zuko uses when he was dressed as the Blue Spirit. 

Favorite place in the universe? I have never been there but Saturn’s rings look fun! 

If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose? I would like to master all four elements

Can you play any instruments? No :( 

What do you like most about community building circles? I like hearing people’s stories and learning about other people and where they come from. I just think all humans are so fascinating. 

 

J

j

Birthplace? Canton, China

People you look up to?  In general, I look up to people with good ethical practices and do their best to not harm others.

Favorite movie? Little Women

Favorite music? Anything by Hozier.

Favorite color? Dark forest green and sunset orange

Favourite stationary? Ink pens

Favorite place in the universe? Japan or Ireland 

If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose? The ability to choose the right/best path for myself. Because that would save me a lot of time and effort.

Can you play any instruments? Cello, guitar, violin, viola, piano, kalimba, percussion instruments, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, and euphonium.

What do you like most about community building circles? It tells me a lot about perspective without having to speculate.

 

Request a dialogue

Looking for ways to increase connection during virtual times? Dialogue Ambassadors will work with you to facilitate one or more conversations that create community, friendships, and new ideas. Student facilitators are available at no cost to student organizations, departments, and student groups.

Please submit your request using the following Google Form.

Questions? Email dialogue@ucsd.edu