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Dialogues

Connect. Communicate. Collaborate. Transform.

Dialogues is a process designed to improve organizational climate, culture and effectiveness by building member capacity to communicate, collaborate and institutionalize behaviors that increase overall job satisfaction and improve professional and organizational outcomes.

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Dialogue OUTCOMES

100+

WVU faculty and staff trained as Dialogues facilitators

18+

WVU ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS MET STRATEGIC GOALS THROUGH DIALOGUES

2

WVU COLLEGES ENHANCED COMMUNICATIONS AND OPERATIONAL PROCESSES THROUGH DIALOGUES

Strategic Transformation

90

ACADEMIC LEADERS TRAINED TO LEAD UNIT LEVEL BRAINSTORMING SESSIONS

1000

ALMOST 1000 FACULTY, STAFF AND ADMINISTRATORS CONTRIBUTED IDEAS IN THESE SESSIONS

NATIONWIDE IMPACT

50+

FACULTY AND STAFF AT INSTITUTIONS NATIONWIDE TRAINED AS DIALOGUES FACILITATORS

6

5 OTHER INSTITUTIONS REACHED DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION GOALS USING DIALOGUES

Top 3 Benefits of Dialogues

Building relationships and generating trust in work groups

Coming to consensus on goals

Catalyzing groups to act

TOP WVU FACULTY TAKEAWAY:

Higher confidence in achieving diversity and inclusion goals

TESTIMONIALS

The first thing that was impactful was the process of negotiating with the Dialogues team on what our needs were and how to solve them.

The first thing that was impactful was the process of negotiating with the Dialogues team on what our needs are and how to solve them. I had more than one meeting with them to work through how we would approach our problem. The team was very intent on understanding what my goals were and actually helping me articulate those goals. They took time to review some of the literature that our leadership team had been reading to understand where we had been. Another impacful part of the process was watching the group facilitate our two days together. They were hyper-watchful of all the interactions, reflected on them along the way, were transparent with the participants about those reflections, and got results! We walked away from the day with some concrete outcomes that we were later able to use for library wide conversations to start some of our own inclusive strategic planning. I think all the participants also had excellent training on building inclusive conversations.

Karen Diaz

Dean, WVU LIBRARIES

I always learn a great deal when watching Dialogues in action. How to respond to questions without judgement, how to ensure everyone has a voice, and how to be creative with activities. My unit was strengthened by the Dialogues visit, as we all had a shared experience to draw from and we can all harken back to items we discussed at the retreat when conflicts arise. I believe my colleagues in the IRB appreciated the focus and resources we spent to bring out Dialogues as it helped them feel valued (which they are!)

Jessi Smith

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Research Integrity Officer Professor of Psychology, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

The variety of content, exercises, and formats used in the process appealed to a wide variety of participants. The various individual, small group, and large group exercises were quite effective in demonstrating how we should consider utilizing a variety of formats to generate ideas and input from all participants, recognizing that we each engage differently and we each may need different formats to better foster constructive participation. For example, some faculty preferred generating ideas in small groups, while some preferred writing out ideas on post-it notes and providing them anonymously. The content and corresponding activities were customized to our group and provided opportunities for everyone to engage. The unique expertise and input from each of the facilitators also provided valuable insight from multiple perspectives.

Jessica Haught

Interim Associate Dean for Administration Teaching Professor