My history of leadership regarding civil discourse and dialogue within my university may suggest that "the politics of listening" is hardly a new direction for me. To the contrary, what is striking about my work in discourse and dialogue is that I have no theoretical background or training in the work of listening and dialogue. I am entirely self-taught. While I continue to facilitate dialogue processes, I find myself at an conceptual impasse. Thus, I seek to learn more about analytic models of social change that are grounded in empirical processes at the local level. I seek funding to participate in a facilitator training workshop offered by the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue. The facilitator training workshop, January 14-16, 2012, in Washington DC, introduces participants to the concepts of Sustained Dialogue, curriculum materials used to facilitate communication across differences of individual and group identities, and ways in which participants can further the work of dialogue in their own organizational contexts. The project I propose will (1) introduce me to an analytic model of dialogue grounded in empirical processes and (2) will do so through a three-day immersion experience. This immersion will build both my skill and my theoretical understanding of dialogue work and help me determine next steps - both organizationally and intellectually - with regard to my future with this work.