The Sustained Dialogue initiative was established at MSU to address the need for increased relationship building and conflict resolution between diverse student populations. This initiative is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Vice President for Student Success, the Dean of Students Office and the Diversity Awareness Office for its in supporting recruitment and retention of a diverse student population.
Sustained Dialogue's mission is to develop everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve campuses, workplaces, and communities.
COURAGE: to engage those different from ourselves, to challenge bias in others and ourselves, and to take action to address inequities
EMPATHY: a willingness to listen deeply to others – especially in moments of conflict; leads to more inclusive worldviews
SPIRIT OF INQUIRY: learn from each other, rigorously evaluate our efforts, analyze data to inform our program and operations strategies
CONTINUITY: commitment to sustained engagement to facilitate lasting impact in communities and organizations
COLLABORATION: examine relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, and communities; collaborate to ignite deeper impact