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Overall I feel this dialogue has been one of the most educational and valuable experiences of my life. I know my life and outlook on things has changed a lot because of it, as well as the people involved… Hopefully I have had the same effect on others as they have [had] on me.
Intergroup Dialogues are two-credit courses carefully structured to explore social group identity, conflict, community, and social justice. Each dialogue involves identity groups defined by race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual orientation, (dis)ability status, or national origin.
Each identity group is represented in the dialogue by a balanced number of student participants, usually five to seven participants from each group. We also offer dialogues where only participants from the same identity groups are placed in the dialogues. These are called intragroup dialogues.
I appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me. The opportunity to expand my thoughts and my understanding of others. Being able to transcend boundaries and take other people's thoughts and feelings [into consideration] have helped me to grow in only twelve weeks.
Trained student facilitators-one from each represented identity group-encourage dialogue rather than debate. Students examine and discuss reading materials that address issues and experiences relevant to the groups in the dialogue, in relation to both the University setting and general society.
All of our dialogue courses focus on power imbalances within and between social identity groups. Facilitators and participants explore similarities and differences among and across groups, and strive toward building a multicultural and democratic community.
As an Engineer, I rarely get to participate in a class that was as fun and informative as this intergroup dialogue. I have learned more in this class than in any of my other classes, because of the fact that the topic…is so broad; it has influence over every aspect of daily life.
Past dialogues have included:
Race & Ethnicity
White Racial Identity
...I feel like I have become a better person than I was a year ago. I have to thank intergroup dialogues for that. It's been a tremendous journey.