Academic Affairs News

Shaping Our Future Through Civil Dialogue

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is hosting a campus wide event on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. 


The purpose of this event is to bring the university community together to discuss how we might create more campus wide engagement in programs that promote civil discourse.


This event will provide a welcoming and comfortable environment where people can gather to listen and exchange ideas about how best to engage the broader campus in Civil Discourse. It was planned by a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff from across the university.

We have modelled the event after a method called “the World Café” which was designed to create a living network of collaborative dialogues that matter in service to real work.  The outcome of this meeting will provide a framework for future events on campus.

Food will be provided in a relaxed, cafè-style atmosphere where each person can participate in a number of facilitated small-table conversations, with opportunities to share ideas together. The facilitators assigned to each table will encourage participation, record ideas, and answer questions.  Students, staff, faculty and community members are encouraged to attend this event which will be held in the Hamilton Room of the University Center



The questions that will guide the discussions related to Civil Discourse at the February 15 event include the following:


1. What are some guidelines or rules for engagement, that should be employed as it relates to engaging in sensitive topics/discussions on campus?

2. What are some specific desired outcomes for participants who engage in our civil discourse programming? What skills should they walk away with?

3. How can we embed the civil discourse tools and skills attained into our curricular, co-curricular, and High Impact Educational practices? 

4. What form of civil discourse programming (e.g., format, style) best fit the needs and culture of UWW? 

5. What are some innovative ways to ensure consistent campus-wide visibility of innovative civil discourse strategies that augment our existing resources and technology?


Because of limited space, please RSVP by February 8 using this link

For more information, contact Andrea Romine at or ext. 1672. 

For information on World Café, see


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