What is Structured Democratic Dialogue?
The Co-Laboratory to “Address Racial, Economic, and Educational Inequalities through Our University Network“ was organized by Future Worlds Center and Innovative Compliance Europe Ltd on behalf of the OSUN Hannah Arendt Humanities Network. The methodology utilized to facilitate the Co-Lab was the Structured Democratic Dialogue process, supported by specialized tools.
The Co-Laboratory was held as a series of online virtual events during March 2021. Eighteen academics and students from eight OSUN Universities and Colleges came together to propose actions that could be implemented either locally or through OSUN to improve educational access for disadvantaged students. The participants came from very differing cultural, economic, and societal backgrounds across OSUN, and included academics and students, with equitable cross-gender distribution. The participants represented both OSUN founding institutions (e.g., Bard College and CEU) and a broad cross section of European (Bard Berlin, American University in Bulgaria) Middle Eastern (Al-Quds Bard) and Asian (BRAC University, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz- stan) OSUN members. Two participants were OSUN students who reside in refugee camps.