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Creating space for transformative conversations

About Us

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue uses dialogue to generate non-partisan and constructive communication around difficult topics. We partner with government, business, and community groups to explore critical issues that impact the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of our communities. Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue aspires to be a globally recognized centre in the teaching, scholarship and practice of dialogue.

Our belief

  • A profound belief in the power of dialogue guides our work, including the ability of dialogue to humanize participants and bridge understanding through authentic inquiry and exchange.

What we do

  • We provide an engaged home for respectful conversation within the university and externally, where mutual curiosity, collaborative inquiry and compassionate listening act as alternatives to adversarial approaches and encourage transformative social change.
  • Programming at the Centre seamlessly connects student learning, university research, and community engagement.

Approach

  • Our approach is outcome-oriented, focusing on the achievement of positive, enduring impact on issues of critical community importance.
  • We value careful process design and high professional standards, with a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement.

Community relationships

  • Respectful, inclusive and meaningful partnerships allow us to bring together and honour diverse voices that represent the full range of community interests.
  • We provide opportunities for students to extend and deepen their education through experiential learning and integration with research and public programming.