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REINVENTING DIVERSITY EDUCATION

to Build Stronger Schools, Businesses and Communities

 

Mission & Vision

The Dialogue Arts Project (DAP) partners with communities to create energizing training experiences in order to help participants collaborate & communicate more effectively across lines of social identity. DAP’s leading-edge workshops use the arts as a shared entry point into critical discourses around identity to increase awareness of self & social diversity.

By combining performance, participant art creation, and facilitated dialogue, DAP seeks to reinvent the current “diversity training” experience for a wide array of clients ranging from university faculty, teachers-in-training, student leadership groups, & employees of Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations.

 

MADE ME FEEL VALUED
AND RESPECTED AT SCHOOL

93% of 400 Young Adults over a 4-year per.

HELPED ME DEVELOP MORE
EMPATHY FOR MY PEERS

92% of 400 Young Adults over a 4-year per.

IMPROVED MY SELF-CONFIDENCE

89% of 400 Young Adults over a 4-year per.

“Hiring The Dialogue Arts Project was one of the best things we've ever done as a company.”

Rap Genius

 

 

Philosophy

In an increasingly pluralistic society, the need for self-awareness, tolerance and open communication has never been more critical. Despite this, the field of diversity education has struggled to meaningfully respond to that challenge and educators & organizers have grown weary of professional development sessions that seem to merely “fill a quota” in addressing critical issues of race & social identity in the classroom. Utilizing the arts to create a shared entry point into dialogue, DAP prioritizes the diverse range of identities contained within individuals and explores how personal experience can be shaped by the interplay between those identities.

Model

DAP workshops are multi-day or week-long engagements, containing 4 unique stages that designed to be incorporated into conferences, trainings, or festivals. Specific engagements can be as long as eight weeks and as brief a single day, depending on the needs and scheduling restrictions of partnering organizations. Shorter engagements of 1-2 days provide an introductory experience to the DAP philosophy and model, whereas longer commitments of several weeks or more are designed to produce more targeted and sustainable impact within the culture of a partnering organization.

 

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