USD Voices of Discovery

The Office for Diversity, in collaboration with the President’s Council on Diversity & Inclusiveness, has developed a critical dialogue and action program called Talking Change, Making Change. Recognizing that dialogue is ineffective without corresponding action toward creating change personally and socially, this program aims to help facilitate in-depth discussion to motivate positive social action.

The first session begins the first week of February and will consist of six sessions, with a break in week five for spring break. The first four sessions will focus on educating student participants on a select theme for the semester. The following two sessions are devoted to developing a deliverable action item, such as a public service announcement, video, infographic or service opportunity to address challenges associated with the selected theme. Each session is facilitated by two graduate students trained to lead undergraduates through the critical dialogue and action planning steps of the program.

Students

The success of the Talking Change, Making Change program depends on engaged student participation. Though many faculty will offer students course points for their participation, this program relies on more than your interest in course points.

Talking Change, Making Change is looking for a genuine commitment to full engagement for the two-hour facilitated sessions once you begin the program, as well as the drive to produce action items to address program themes. We welcome you to the program and hope to work closely with you to develop your personal, professional and public interests.

Student Application

Faculty

Faculty members are asked to encourage students and support the program by providing students with course points for their participation. Faculty members may request students to write an essay, give a class presentation on their experience in the program or conduct a diversity project to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge gained from the programs. Please see the faculty letter below for more information or, if you would like your students to participate, please complete the faculty interest form below.

Faculty Interest Letter

Faculty Interest Form

Contact Us

Email: voices@usd.edu
Office: MUC 219
Phone: 605-677-3925