The DDA Experience

What is Dialogue and Difference in Action (DDA)?

Dialogue and Difference in Action (DDA) provides an opportunity for first-year Princeton University students to engage in critical dialogues focused on identity, power, privilege and difference. Students will examine these concepts within the contexts of the Princeton University community, and in society at large. Through self-reflection and dialogue, students will develop competencies and perspectives crucial to the creation of an inclusive campus climate.

Each day, trained student leaders and professional staff members lead students through small-group sessions, and interactive large-group exercises to further explore their own identities and develop the knowledge and skills to delve into the realities of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, religious discrimination, and other conscious or unconscious biases.

In DDA, first-year students gain a better understanding of the community they are entering; establish proactive methods of coalition-building and campus action; and cultivate strategies they can use to build meaningful relationships with their peers. 

Upon return to campus, students will meet with a local activist group and explore real-world opportunities to translate their learning into action.


Schedule Overview 2020

Friday, August 21, 2020
Day 1: Building trust & connection

Sunday, August 23, 2020
Day 2: Understanding self and community

Monday, August 24, 2020
Day 3: Understanding broader community & moving into campus action

*Stay tuned for the 2021 schedule overview*

2018 DDA Small Group


"I feel loved. I feel validated. I feel seen. My experience at DDA has truly been invaluable and I am glad there was a space where I could exist comfortably and where I could share my thoughts and ideas."

- 2018 DDA Participant


2018 DDA Photo