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The aim of these student dialogues is to encourage cross-cultural exchanges among undergraduate students beyond the classroom.  

Starting fall quarter 2006, six mediated student dialogues among various minority groups will be held at the UW Ethnic Cultural Center (one per quarter over the next two years).

Student groups have the option of identifying facilitators knowledgeable about the issues and dynamics within communities.  They also decide who they would like to invite to participate in the dialogue event, which could include other students, faculty, and broader community leaders and members.

Student group participation is not restricted to Southeast Asian American groups.  We encourage the development of dialogues that include more than one student group and tackle a shared issue or concern.  In tandem with other project endeavors, we also encourage a multi-faceted approach to dialogue, with considerations for activities such as large and small group discussions, oral histories and storytelling, audio/visual media, and performance. 

Check out our news + events page for information about upcoming student dialogues. If you are a student group on campus and you are interested in developing and conducting a student dialogue, please contact Theresa Ronquillo, Project Coordinator, at


Past Dialogues:


Saturday, May 19, 2007
12-4 pm
UW Ethnic Cultural Center, Black Room

This dialogue will give participants an opportunity gain a new perspective on the notion of home and how it affects career paths made by Vietnamese American students. The workshop will bring together a diverse group of participants including guest speaker Nguyen Qui Duc, UW Vietnamese American alumni, international students from Vietnam, and Vietnamese American students who have studied abroad in Vietnam.

Student organizer: Hoang Ngo, graduate student in the Jackson School for International Studies

Click here to see the flyer for this event: homebound flyer


Deconstructing Southeast Asian Boundaries: Awareness, Coalition Building, and Networking among Southeast Asian Students, Organizations and Faculty

Saturday, May 12, 2007
12-3 pm
UW Ethnic Cultural Center, Black Room

 This dialogue aims to tackle the issues surrounding the ideas of Southeast Asian identity, culture, and boundaries.  As members of Southeast Asian student organizations at the University of Washington, what brings us together?  What are the opportunities and barriers to coalition building between and within organizations and groups?  Is there a “Southeast Asian” or "Southeast Asian American" identity? How do we relate to one another?

 The objective of this student dialogue is to begin to tackle these engaging issues and to develop a collective action to not only foster an awareness of each other's organizations but to hopefully begin to dialogue about ways to network with each other, with SE Asian faculty, and to sustain further dialogues in the future.   

Student organizers:
Carmel Laurino, Founder/Director, Philippine American Dialogue and Discourse (PADD)
Ashley Muller, Vice President, Thai Student Association (ThaiSA)

Click here to see the flyer for this event: PADD ThaiSA Student Dialogue e-flyer

Thai Student Association at UW:


Fall 2006 Mediated Student Dialogue
Tinig at Larawan:  Images of Language, Communication, Identity and Power

Philippine American Dialogue and Discourse (PADD)


'UW group wants permanent Tagalog classes'

On Saturday November 18, the PADD group at the University of Washington facilitated a Photovoice and dialogue event as part of a series of mediated student dialogues organized through the Difficult Dialogues: Engaging Southeast Asian American Pluralism in Seattle project. The Photovoice exhibit and dialogue activities centered on institutional, historical, communal and personal issues related to the struggle to stabilize funding of Tagalog language classes and faculty at the UW.  Around 30 students, faculty, and broader community members participated in critical discussions about photographs PADD members took and helped develop action strategies to address the issue of institutionalization. 

Difficult Dialogues would like to thank PADD for their preparation for and facilitation of the dialogue event, the Ethnic Cultural Center at UW for providing the space and facilities for the event, and Ooh Mami for catering the event.






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