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.
Programming at the Centre occupies an unusual intersection, seamlessly connecting student learning, university research and community engagement. We:
- Utilize dialogue, experiential learning and project-based curriculum to focus undergraduate students on community concerns through the Semester in Dialogue;
- Encourage dialogue, experiential learning and community engagement as learning strategies across the university through teaching, faculty workshops and programming for Alumni of the Semester in Dialogue;
- Explore important local, national, and international issues in partnership with government, civil society, and the private sector;
- Facilitate public dialogues, conduct focused workshops, and use arts-based practices to generate unbiased, interactive and outcome-oriented events around difficult issues; and
- Host initiatives by Dialogue Fellows, who conduct research, convene dialogues, present ideas, and create art that enhances SFU's engagement with the community.
The Centre for Dialogue works closely with several partner organizations to deliver affiliated programming, including CityStudio, the LINK Dance Foundation Dance/Ecology Project, SFU Public Square, SFU's Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement program, and the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue meeting facility.
A large number of professionals and individuals support the Centre's work, including Steering Committee members, Faculty and Staff, Dialogue Fellows, Dialogue Associates, and Alumni of the Semester in Dialogue.