What is Intentional Dialogue Training?
The mission of Intentional Dialogue Training is to facilitate opportunities for meaningful dialogue among diverse members of the TCU campus in order to support a more inclusive, connected, and vibrant community.

What will I learn during Intentional Dialogue Training?
Our goal is that all participants will leave training having learned the following skills:

  • Ability to list and enact the five affirmations of dialogue.
    • Love, Humility, Hope, Critical Thinking, Trust
  • Ability to demonstrate the self-awareness and empathy needed to effectively communicate personal ideologies and viewpoints during conflict.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills through participation in a sponsored dialogue.

Who is Intentional Dialogue for?
Intentional Dialogue Training is meant to engage all members of the TCU community. Trainings help individuals at every level of their self-discovery and dialogue practice. No prior experience in dialogue training is required.

How do I sign-up to participate in Intentional Dialogue Training?
Intentional Dialogue Training is led by a skilled team of facilitators. The training can be hosted by request for any group of faculty, staff, or students, or any combination of the three. We require a minimum of 8 participants to host a training and will limit all trainings to no more than 40 total participants.

Occasionally, trainings are hosted for the community at large. Registrations for these “open sessions” will be shared via various TCU communications to the appropriate groups.

Contact Information
All questions regarding Intentional Dialogue Training should be sent to Lindsay Throne Knight.
Phone: (817) 257-7855
Email: lindsay.knight@tcu.edu

Intentional Dialogue Facilitation Team

  • Ebony Rose, Director of Faculty/Staff Facilitation, Facilitator
  • Lindsay Throne Knight, Director of Student Facilitation, Facilitator
  • Todd Boling, Facilitator
  • Whitnee Boyd, Facilitator
  • Deepti Chadee, Facilitator
  • Philip Dodd, Facilitator
  • Barbara Brown Herman, Facilitator
  • Kay Higgins, Facilitator
  • Margaret Lowry, Facilitator
  • Trung Nguyen, Facilitator
  • Vanessa Roberts Bryan, Facilitator
  • Nino Testa, Facilitator 
  • Dede Williams Vann, Facilitator

What are people saying about Intentional Dialogue Training?
“I found it useful to really dig deep into what an identity is and that no identity is “bad.”

“The practice was incredibly helpful. The more I practice, the more confident I feel using these skills in my daily life.”

“I have had to have some conversations with people of other religion, and that is hard especially when at TCU everyone assumes people are Christians, but removing that assumptions makes way for some great dialogue to occur.”

“I was able to discuss with my mother that although she jokes about my tuition, it really hurts my feelings because it makes me feel I am not worth the money. Without this training I am not sure if I were to be able to effectively express that emotion.”