Who We Are
The Dayton Area Dialogue on Race Relations, also known as “The Dialogue” or DDRR, is a 501 (c) (3) organization that began in 1998 by Commissioner Dean Lovelace, Dr. Sarah Harris and the Honorable Walter H. Rice.
Since The Dialogue’s inception, we have successfully collaborated with numerous organizations, workshops and lectures. Some of the organziations who have participated in dialogue groups include colleges and universities, public schools, churches, businesses, local governments, community organizations and the community at large.
The dialogue which consists of a series of facilitated small group conversations is based on a dialogue model from Richmond, Virginia known as “Hope in the Cities.” The dialogue model provides a framework for diverse groups within the community to get together to talk about racial, ethnic, religious and social biases. Participants experience a transformation in the way they think that enables them to work together to make a difference in the Miami Valley community. Individuals have the opportunity to participate in dialogues at their home, school, place of worship, workplace or in other community.
What We Do
Led by trained facilitators, small groups of 6 to 10 individuals discuss how race relations affect the Dayton community. This setting invites people with varied experiences to share their stories, while also learning to actively listen and embrace differences. The group collectively generates action strategies that work to eradicate racism and foster inclusion of all people regardless of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or disability.
Because of these action strategies, the “Dialogue” is “more than talk”. To date over 5,000 Miami Valley residents have participated in these dialogue sessions and have become goodwill ambassadors for better race relations and equity in our region.