Moving from Dialogue to Deliberation about Campus Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Nova Southeastern University / National Society for Experiential Education


Campus communities continue to become increasingly diverse as the U.S. grows more sensitized to, yet polarized over, issues of social justice. In response, many institutions of higher learning are placing greater emphasis on students’ experiential learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in co-curricular experiences such as new student orientation and in coursework. Experiential educators can help students forge links between learning about DEI in the co-curriculum and curriculum, and to move from intergroup dialogue to deliberation, which allows student learning to inform institutional learning. This article describes the design, outcomes, and implications of a course on dialogue and deliberation that engaged students in consulting their peers and forming recommendations for administrators about how to improve DEI learning at an undergraduate-focused, liberal arts institution.