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2024 Active Dialogue Institute

September 18, 2024 September 19, 2024

This institute will provide leaders with tools to navigate contentious campus situations, to encourage critical thinking and dialogue, and to embed civil engagement as standard practice.


September 18
  • 8– 9 a.m. – Check-in & Breakfast  
  • 9–9:30 a.m. – Welcome         
  • 9:30–10:45 a.m. – Session 1: Historical Introduction into Active Dialogue on CollegeCampuses
  • 10:45 a.m.–Noon – Session 2: Understanding the First Amendment/Politics vs Academics        
  • Noon–1 p.m. – Lunch  
  • 1:15–2:45 p.m. – Session 3: Policy Development for Free Speech            
  • 2:45–3:45 p.m. – Session 4: Group Activity: Who, What, Which   
  • 3:45–4 p.m. – Break  
  • 4–5 p.m. – Session 5: Is Campus Community at Risk?
September 19
  • 8–9 a.m. – Check-in & Breakfast   
  • 9–10:30 a.m. – Session 6: Collaborative Dialogue  
  • 10:30 a.m.–Noon – Session 7: Panel Discussion (Demonstration Response Team)
  • Noon–1 p.m. – Lunch (Topic: Preparing for the Unexpected)
  • 1:15–2:30 p.m. –  Session 8: Supporting Communities through Restorative Practices   
  • 2:30–3:30 p.m. – Session 9: What Now? Creating an Action Plan
  • 3:30 p.m. – Adjourn (attendees may depart this afternoon following the final session)


Dr. Salvador Mena

Dr. Salvador Mena serves as senior vice chancellor for the student experience. He leads a division of student affairs focused on health and wellness, student life and advocacy, campus engagement and belonging, and student services. As campus leaders, “We are able to make a difference in the lives of students who will, in turn, make the world a better place for us all.”

ANN Newman

As the associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, Ann Newman oversees the Dean of Students Office, Office of Student Conduct, Office for Student Affairs Compliance and Title IX, and several other areas. She will explore the impact (and context) of the First Amendment on campuses and address the question, how do we balance politics and academics?

Lara Schwartz

American University founding director of the Project on Civil Discourse, Lara Schwartz specializes in campus speech, constitutional law, and politics. She will introduce the concept of “collaborative inquiry over debate” and “communicating to be understood” from her recent book, “Try to Love the Questions.

Regina Donato

Regina Donato serves as associate director of community standards and conflict resolution at the University of Delaware, leading initiatives to refine student conduct processes, ensuring fairness and educational impact. She is a certified mediator and restorative practices trainer focused promoting a culture of growth and inclusivity on campus.

Vinny Jackson

Vinny Jackson has been at University of Delaware for 22 years and serves as the assistant director of community standards and conflict resolution. He will co-lead “Supporting Campus Communities through Restorative Practices.” His work on restorative conversations at University of Delaware will offer practical and actionable guidance for attendees.


REgular Registration (through July 31)
  • Professional Member: $550
  • Professional Nonmember: $650
Late Registration (After July 31)
  • Professional Member: $650
  • Professional Nonmember: $750

Travel & Lodging


Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
2 Albany Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey

The rate is $199/night plus tax for both single and double rooms. Please book your stay at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick using the booking link.

If you are driving, self-parking is $20/night per vehicle at the hotel.

Host Location

The Active Dialogue Institute will be at Rutgers Busch Student Center (604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08554.