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Civil Discourse & Dialogue

Since 2013, NCCE has helped campuses gain knowledge and skills in various civil discourse and dialogue methods. We believe such habits are critical for effective participation in a democratic society. During our Civic Engagement Institute that year, we hosted a training by the National Issues Forum on their deliberative dialogue method. Since that time, we have hosted trainings in how to moderate forums for over 800 faculty, staff, students, and community members from more than 100 colleges and universities. If you are interested in bringing Moderator Training to your college, university, or community group, contact NCCE

Starting with the 2020 Civic Engagement Institute “Engagement 2.0: Civics, Civility, and Civil Discourse, we began to introduce the NCCE network to additional dialogue models. As part of the NC Collegiate Civics Project (NC-CCP), funded by Z. Smith Reynolds and launched in 2020, we hosted a Virtual Dialogue Series. To date, we have introduced NCCE members to the following 13 unique dialogue models. 

2022-23 Student Dialogue Ambassadors Initiative (NEW!)

Starting in the 2022 Fall Semester North Carolina Campus Engagement is launching the NC Student Dialogue Ambassadors (SDA) Program. Three campuses, from the NCCE network, will be selected to host two Ambassadors who will be trained to host and facilitate dialogues on campus. Each Ambassador will receive a stipend upon completion of the program.

The Ambassador Term of Service is October 10, 2022 – May 1, 2023. Ambassadors are selected in and trained in the 2022 Fall Semester. In Spring Semester 2022 Ambassadors will organize and facilitate a minimum of five dialogues.

Download the Program Overview here.

Submit the Host Site Interest Form here. Deadline: August 25

2022 Civil Discourse & Dialogue Mini-Grants  

We have also provided grants to member institutions to host on-campus training and facilitate civil discourse and dialogues. 

NCCE member institutions are eligible to apply for a $500 mini-grant to support their dialogue efforts.

Read the Call for Proposals.

Apply here. Deadline: August 15

Previous Grantees: 

2021-22 Grantees ($1,000): East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, NC State University, Piedmont Community College, UNC Asheville, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro and UNC Pembroke

2020-21 Grantees ($700): Campbell University, Elizabeth City State University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, NC State University, Piedmont Community College, UNC Asheville, UNC Pembroke, William Peace University, and Winston-Salem State University


The Reunited States Film Screenings and Filmmaker Conversations

In February 2021, NCCE partnered with The Reunited States to sponsor access to this film for 20 member campuses. Some campuses hosted a single screening, while others shared the link with a group of select students to view and discuss. On February 25, NCCC Executive Director, Leslie Garvin, facilitated a conversation with filmmaker Ben Rekhi and film subject Steven Olikara. This film features several Americans seeking to depolarize and bridge the partisan divide.