The University of Nebraska–Lincoln community has the opportunity to take a bold step and serve as a 2022 Husker Dialogues volunteer.
The Husker Dialogues planning committee seeks student leaders, faculty and staff to serve in various roles to help make the 2022 program a success. Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Husker Dialogues is an event that introduces incoming first-year students to tools to engage in meaningful conversations centered on diversity to create an inclusive campus community.
“Husker Dialogues was created to be a transformative experience for our first-year students,” said Charlie Foster, assistant vice chancellor for inclusive student excellence and chair for Husker Dialogues. “By participating our students can learn about the importance of talking to others, perhaps, someone who may be different from them. Refining our student’s communication skills make them better prepared to work in the global community where they will be in contact with people who live, love, and experience the world differently.”
Held annually, Husker Dialogues is the largest event (aside from athletics) that brings the university’s student body together.
“The conversations between peers are powerful,” Foster said. “Our Husker Dialogue volunteers, especially the older student volunteers, model for first-year students how they can address differences in a polite, respectful and empathetic manner. The students learn that they can use communication to better each interaction and in a way that betters the UNL campus.”
This year’s event will be held multiple nights starting on Sept. 6. Students, faculty, and staff lead the experience, serving in many roles, from logistics to student experience. The greatest current need is for conversation guides. The position helps facilitate the discussion between the participants, which is a crucial part of the event.
Current students, faculty and staff can apply online to become a Husker Dialogues volunteer through Aug. 19.