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 2022

Sunday, August 28, 2022
Day 1: Welcome,Goals, Icebreakers, and Intentions

Monday, August 29, 2022
Day 2: Defining the Issue & Potential Solutions

Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Day 3: Modeling Care & Justice

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Day 4: Bringing it All Together


Students sitting in a circle


"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


Students playing Rock Paper Scissor