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Public Dialogue

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On October 28th, Sustained Dialogue at MSU invite students, community members and MSU faculty and staff to join them for a public dialogue.

"Dialogue is a great platform to explore complex issues like identity", said Kiah Abbey, MSU Sustained Dialogue facilitator and student program coordinator. "It gives people the rare opportunity to talk about experiences and thoughts that are often seen as taboo."

The MSU chapter of Sustained Dialogue was started in 2011 in response to hateful statements said in passing to Middle Eastern students on campus. Since then they have hosted multiple facilitation trainings for the MSU community as well as two public dialogues about the role of agriculture in shaping identity in Montana. Founded by Dr. Hal Saunders, the Sustained Dialogue model betters participants' understandings of diversity and personal identity through the sharing of personal experience.  The model is in place on more than two dozen campuses across the nation via the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call the Diversity Awareness Office at 406-994-5801 or visit

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