The Global Dialogue Center, located at 84 Park St., is a dynamic space that supports the educational mission of the university by providing space for interdisciplinary, cross-cultural collaboration and discussion about pressing global issues. Officially launched in early 2013, the Center was created with generous financial support from an SLU Innovation Grant following submission of a proposal created by students and faculty from the Global Studies Department, the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and the Environmental Studies Department.
The GDC's facilities feature a multi-purpose room that can be used as:
- a meeting space for community groups devoted to interdisciplinary and cross-cultural work
- a work space for collaborative projects
- a space for "Flash Seminars": impromptu public discussion about important global issues
Student groups such as The Weave, the GLOCAL student journal, and Amnesty International regularly use the space for meetings and informal gatherings. The space can be reserved through the calendar kept in the Global Studies Department office (82 Park St.). Several "Flash Seminars" have already been held on issues such as:
- the war in Congo
- careers in the NGO and human rights fields
- the current situation in Gaza
- the prison system in the North Country
The GDC also features a small interview studio where members of the community can conduct high-quality video interviews with visitors to the SLU campus and other individuals who have interesting perspectives on global issues. Anyone interested in using the interview studio may contact John Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tzintzun Aguilar Izzo '15 at email@example.com.