Respectful Dialogue Toolkit

Respectful Dialogue Toolkit

A collaboration between the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning. This toolkit defines respectful dialogue, identifies goals for faculty, staff, and students, provides strategies, and shares additional resources and supports.

What is Respectful Dialogue?

Respectful dialogue is engagement in honest, thoughtful, and reflexive conversation with the goal of understanding one another. Respectful engagement does not mean that everyone has to agree or adopt each another's perspectives. Rather, it is by sharing differing perspectives that we are able to effectively communicate across differences and boundaries and learn from one another. Each person involved in respectful dialogue takes responsibility for the impact of their words and actions regardless of intent, and strives to operate with curiosity, authenticity, and vulnerability.

Each individual engaged in respectful dialogue is not only entitled to their perspectives but is also "entitled to be treated with respect and dignity."

For additional resources and information, please see the related links to the right.

Goals for respectful dialogue for instructors, staff, and students

Instructor

  • Create inclusive classrooms

  • Model respectful discourse

  • Actively listen and respond compassionately

  • Collaborate to contribute to curriculum and department mission

Staff

  • Engage with Ohio State community members with respect and dignity

  • Actively listen and respond compassionately

  • Collaboratively contribute to unit mission

  • Create positive connections across campus

Student

  • Engage in class with respect and dignity

  • Actively listen and respond compassionately

  • Engage with peers and living companions

  • Engage cooperatively in student organizations

Watch These Webinars to Learn More

In July 2020, The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Facilitators Group sponsored two panels about facilitating dialogues. Part I, How to Prepare for an Effective Dialogue session focused on the specific steps people can take to setup an effective dialogue session. Part II focused on specific skills and strategies that people can use to ensure participants engage appropriately and effectively in dialogue.

Part I

How to Prepare for an Effective Dialogue Session

Watch Part I: How to Prepare for an Effective Dialogue Session
Part II

Best Practices and Strategies for Hosting an Effective Dialogue

Watch Part II: Best Practices and Strategies for Hosting an Effective Dialogue
Political Conversations in the Workplace with Dr. Gerald Saffo and Debra Saffo

As part of the Education for Citizenship Initiative and the election support, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a workshop on political conversations in the workplace.

Watch Political Conversations in the Workplace with Dr. Gerald Saffo and Debra Saffo