Through the Democracy and Dialogues Initiative, the University of Connecticut is working to increase democratic and civic capacity by supporting community dialogues on critical issues, providing moderator and facilitation training for dialogues and deliberations, and partnering with campus colleagues and local institutions to increase meaningful participation by all community members.

This initiative is run  by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center in the Office of Global Affairs and is supported by UConn's Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Humanities Institute, the Human Rights Institute, UConn Extension and the Division of Student Affairs - Parent's Fund.

Read the Summary Report of the Dialogue on Race and Community.



Encounter Series EventThe Encounters Series, a program dedicated to fostering unexpected conversations around divisive issues and obscure knowledge, began in Spring 2017 with the sponsorship of the Humility & Conviction in Public Life project, the Hartford Public Library (Hartford History Center), and the Wadsworth Atheneum (The Amistad Center for Art & Culture). Learn more...



Campus Dialogue EventThe Initiative on Campus Dialogues (ICD) is a working group originally organized as part of the project on Humility & Conviction in Public Life. This initiative brings together UConn students, staff and faculty, as well as non-university practitioners, around a two-step model focused on dialogue and implementation. Learn more...