Critical Social Dialogue in the College Classroom
Colleges and universities aim to prepare students to deliberate and interact in socially diverse settings. While millennial students may have an advantage because of their liberal social values on co-habitation, interracial relations and gay and lesbian marriage, they often have developed these in unexamined and uncontested environments, not fully knowing the merits of, flaws of and complexities with their positions. They frequently unprepared to identify and discuss social difference. I developed Critical Social Dialogue (CSD) in my classroom to help millennials and others develop insight into how they understand social differences and to give them the opportunity to discuss those in a safe, yet deliberative context. CSD is an equitable and effective method faculty can use to facilitate discussions, small or large, on social difference. View the Prezi to get an overview of the technique.