Sustained Dialogue Campus Network

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The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN), an organization founded in 2003, is an international network of student run dialogues and related programs that use the Sustained Dialogue process coined by Harold H. Saunders.[1] SDCN's mission is to develop everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve campuses, communities, and workplaces.[2] Dialogue groups have operated on more than 50 college campuses around the U.S., Mexico, South Sudan, and Ethiopia.[3] The campus network started with the first student dialogue at Princeton University in 1998.[4] Dialogues consist of groups of 8-15 student participants and two dialogue moderators who meet regularly throughout the year.[5][6] SDCN is an initiative of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, a partner organization of the Kettering Foundation.


Sustained Dialogue is a method of citizen diplomacy which developed out of Hal Saunders' experiences with the Arab-Israeli peace process under five US Presidents.[7] While serving on the Board of Trustees at Princeton University, Saunders began discussions with Princeton undergraduates David Tukey and Teddy Nemeroff to see if the Sustained Dialogue methodology could be applied to college campuses.[8]


SDCN trains campus communities in facilitation.[9] Active programs send students to annual dialogue conferences at local chapters or at SDCN headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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School Years Active
Addis Ababa University 2009–present
Adlai Stevenson High School 2004-2008
Colorado College 2003–present
Cornell College 2008–present
Cuyahoga Community College 2011–present
Denison University 2006–present
Dickinson College 2003–present
Emory University 2006-2008
Harvard University 2010–present
Montana State University 2011–present
Northwestern University 2006-2009, 2012-present
Princeton High School 2005-2007
Princeton University 1999–present
Roger Williams University 2009–present
Saint John Fisher College 2007–present
Susquehanna University 2010–present
University of Alabama 2006–present
University of Georgia 2009–2010
University of Hawaii 2006-2008
University of Notre Dame 2004-2009
University of Richmond School of Law 2008–present
University of Virginia 2001–present
Vanderbilt University 2007-2009




  1. ^ "Sustained Dialogue Executive Director Wins "Characters Unite Award"". Saint John Fisher College News. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  2. ^ "Sustained Dialogue Campus Network". Susquehanna University. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  3. ^ "Sustained Dialogue Campus Network". Independent Sector. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  4. ^ "'52 Alumni Day After-Dinner Panel on Sustained Dialogue to Improve Race Relations at Princeton". Princeton '52. 2003-02-22. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  5. ^ "About". University of Georgia SD. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  6. ^ Jenni Glick, Dominic Greene, and Abby Longbottom. "Bridging the Gap: Breaking Down Racial, Cultural, and Social Barriers at Northwestern University". Essentials. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  7. ^ Jenni Glick, Dominic Greene, and Abby Longbottom. "Bridging the Gap: Breaking Down Racial, Cultural, and Social Barriers at Northwestern University". Essentials. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  8. ^ Anne Lee. "Sustained Dialogue marks decade". Daily Princetonian. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  9. ^ Marilyn Christiano (2006-01-18). "Explorations-Sustained Dialogue: Solving Conflicts Among People in Africa and at American Colleges". VOA Special English. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
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  11. ^ "2010 Characters Unite Award Recipients". USA Network. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  12. ^ "Walter and Leonore Annenberg Award for Excellence in Diplomacy". American Academy of Diplomacy. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 

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