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ACUI Joins Coalition Supporting Dialogue across Difference

This month, ACUI signed on to participate in a coalition called the Listen First Project, a movement involving hundreds of organizations seeking to bring people together across differences. Through this coalition, participating organizations can explore partnership opportunities, learn and build bridges on common interests, and access program and event listings.

As part of the initiative, the 2021 National Week of Conversation will take place June 12–20, produced by America Talks. This is the fourth annual event inviting attendees to listen, extend grace, and discover connections and understanding.

ACUI will be hosting two online learning programs in conjunction with the National Week of Conversation campaign:

Members are also encouraged to review the four key principles of a listen first conversation and be a full participant in active dialogue.

The Association’s participation in the Listen First Project is part of tradition dating back to the original college unions, which were debating societies. More recently it follows our strategic endeavors to “advance campus community through active dialogue” and “to position the college union to promote dialogue and understanding among people with different perspectives and to improve humanity through college students’ constructive discourse and interaction.” 

Earlier this year, a group of ACUI volunteers recommended that resources be compiled related to active dialogue on campus and began doing that work. Currently, members can access this resource page that showcases institutional programs and initiatives, third-party programs, and other tools.

To suggest a resource for the page or for more information about ACUI’s participation in the Listen First Project, please email acui@acui.org.

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