Start a conversation about important issues!
The Campus Dialogue Fund provides annual funding of $15,000 to bring speakers that address issues relevant to the campus, such as social justice, oppression, human and civil rights. These speakers may be proposed by the Campus Dialogue Committee or by other groups of students. To submit an application, please provide via the application form all relevant information, including the name of your organization, any sponsoring organizations and a description and goals of the proposed event.
The board reviews applications several times a month at their regular meetings. You can submit an application at any time, but for time-sensitive events, please refer to the deadlines below. Applications submitted by these deadlines will be considered at the next board meeting, typically within a week.
For consideration at a specific meeting submit an application at least five days in advance of the meeting.
The idea of the Campus Dialogue originated from the work of the Ad Hoc Committee of Campus and Student Life, Student Government, and the Alliance for Student and Community Rights. This committee was convened in response to an incident in which a 4th year African-American student was arrested in the Regenstein Library. During the course of the committee’s existence, it became important to the committee members for the campus to encourage dialogue and understanding of different perspectives and experiences. The Campus Dialogue Fund, which is supported by Campus and Student Life, is a way of encouraging such conversations to continue.
Topics of interest have included: the university experience of students of color, immigration issues, and racial profiling. Topics and areas of interest may change over time, particularly as issues and concerns arise that are inspired by current events. The Fund is intended to provide support for speakers and dialogue on a wide variety of topics that speak directly to the unique intellectual climate of the University; are directly rooted in campus culture; address both theory and practice; provide a balanced viewpoint; and explore relationships with community.
Topics must appeal to a broad range of students and could include education, access, disparity; racial bias; class privilege; justice, equality, and fairness; healthcare; housing; income inequality; religious diversity; non-partisan political topics; immigration; LGBTQ equality; free speech/expression; topics specific to cultural communities; campus climate; racial profiling and police accountability