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Deliberative Dialogues

Deliberative Dialogues are an opportunity to engage in discussions with community members around a variety of topics of public concern.

"Unlike debate, or lecture, or an airing of grievances, deliberation asks us to begin with what we hold most dear and share our personal experiences with a given issue. It’s not about reaching agreement or seeing eye-to-eye. It’s about looking at the costs and consequences of possible solutions to daunting problems, and finding out what we, as a people, will or will not accept as a solution." (

Deliberative Dialogues at Brockport

More than 40 faculty, staff, and students have become trained facilitators, with at least one training session offered each semester. Additionally, each month, we host a Deliberative Dialogue on a different topic. 

Deliberative Dialogue Facilitator Training

February 21, 2020 from 10 am–3 pm

Looking to develop your skills at facilitating difficult conversations? This training will provide the resources necessary to navigate controversial topics among people with differing opinions. Individuals who attend this training will become certified Deliberative Dialogue Facilitators through The College at Brockport.

Breakfast & lunch will be provided. This session is open to all and is free for Brockport students, faculty, and staff. The cost for community members is $40. Advance registration is required using the link below. 

Deliberative Dialogue Facilitator Training Registration

Last Updated 7/1/20

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