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The purpose of this organization is to facilitate open discussion about complex worldly topics and encourage understanding between individuals with differing opinions. We want to create a positive environment where people can effectively communicate their views and listen to others. The goal here isn't to convince but to understand. With the polarization that's so prevalent in our country, and even the world, it's important that we can work to overcome our differences. We encourage students from all majors to join us and offer their views on a variety of topics such as abortion, global warming, and even artificial intelligence.


This organization has no affiliations.

Constitution / Tier

File SODContstitution10_5_2018.pdf
Tier Student Organization - Registered

Membership Information

Student Members 13
ISU Members 0
Non-ISU Members 0
Allowed Members Unlimited
Allowed Officers 7
Membership Qualifications People will be classified as members when they have attended at least 3 meetings. Membership status allows one to vote for discussion topics and participate in elections. Otherwise, anyone may participate fully in discussions.
Membership Restrictions Please see the constitution or contact officer.
Elections/Selection Please see the constitution.
Meetings Weekly, Friday, 5-6 PM. Held in Carver 0232. Inquire about joining via online meeting (Webex, Zoom, Google Meet, Teams) by emailing

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

On average, meetings begin with about 5 minutes of club business. After that, the discussion is opened by everyone briefly sharing their stance on the topic being discussed. Then, depending on the size of the group, the discussion flows relatively freely and the president facilitates conversation as needed. If you're concerned that you'll be forced to talk or won't get a chance to speak, everyone gets a chance to speak if they choose to, and is under no obligation to share if they have no desire to. We always make sure the discussion environment is respectful and open to all views.

Description of Special Events

We have no currently scheduled special events.