Intergroup Relations

Below is a summary of IGR's publications and presentations within the last fiscal year. 

Bolen, R., & Dessel, A. (2014). Is discrimination against Evangelical Christians a problem in social work education? A methodological review. In A. Dessel & R. Bolen (Eds.), Conservative Christian beliefs and sexual orientation in social work: Privilege, oppression, and the pursuit of human rights (pp. 195-218). Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press.

Dessel, A., & Bolen, R. (Eds.). (2014). Conservative Christian Beliefs and Sexual Orientation In Social Work: Privilege, Oppression, and the Pursuit of Human Rights. Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press

Dessel, A., Bolen, R., & Shepardson, T. (2014). Can conservative Christian religious expression and LGB sexual orientation affirmation coexist in social work? In A. Dessel & R. Bolen (Eds.), Conservative Christian beliefs and sexual orientation in social work: Privilege, oppression, and the pursuit of human rights (pp. 171-194). Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press.

Dessel, A. (2014). Bridging the conservative Christianity and sexual orientation divide: A review of intergroup dialogue pedagogy and practice. In A. Dessel & R. Bolen (Eds.), Conservative Christian beliefs and sexual orientation in social work: Privilege, oppression, and the pursuit of human rights (pp. 313-344). Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press.

Dessel, A., Woodford, M., Routenberg, R., & Breijak, D. (2014). Heterosexual students’ experiences in sexual orientation intergroup dialogue courses. In A. Dessel & R. Bolen (Eds.), Conservative Christian beliefs and sexual orientation in social work: Privilege, oppression, and the pursuit of human rights (pp. 407-442). Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press. Reprinted.

Dessel, A., Ali, N., & Mishkin, A. (2014). Learning about Palestinian narratives: What are the barriers for Jewish college students? Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 20 (4), 365-384.

Dessel, A. (in press). Experiential and dialogic pedagogy in a religious and ethnic conflict course. In E. St. John, C. Modey, & D. Schoem, (Eds.). Integrative pedagogy: Teaching to the whole student with heart, mind, and spirit.

Gurin, P., Sorensen, N., Lopez, G., & Nagda, B. A. (2015). Intergroup Dialogue: Race still matters. In R. Bangs, & L. E. Davis. (Eds.), Race and social problems: Restructuring inequality (pp. 39-60) New York: Springer Press. 

Gurin, P., & Nagda, B. A. (2014). Intergroup dialogue, and civic and service learning: Toward mutually engaged learning. In A. Finley (Ed.), Civic Learning and Teaching (p. 33-43). Washington, DC: Bridging Theory to Practice.   

Gurin, P., & Nagda, B. A. (2014). Diversity. In D. C. Phillips (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy (pp. 242-245). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

Gurin, P. (in press).  Group Interactions in Building a Connected Society.  In Cantor, N. & Lewis, E.  Our Compelling Interest.  Princeton, NJ.:  Princeton University Press.

Krings, A., Austic, E., Gutierrez, L., Dirksen, K. (2015). The Comparative Impacts of Social Justice Educational Methods on Political Participation, Civic Engagement, and Multicultural Activism. London, ENG. Routledge.

Nagda, B. A., Gurin, P., & Rodriguez, J. (in press). Intergroup Dialogue: Education for social justice. In P. Hammack (Ed.). The Oxford handbook of social psychology and social justice. Oxford University Press.

Wernick, L. J., Kulick, A., Dessel, A., Graham, L. F. (2014). Theater and dialogue to increase youth’s intentions to advocate for LGBTQQ people. Research on Social Work Practice, 1-14.

Wernick, L., Dessel, A., Kulick, A., Graham, L. (2014). Evaluating an LGBTQQ-youth led intervention using theater and dialogue. In J. Chonody (Ed.), Community Art: Creative Approaches to Practice. Champaign, IL: Common Ground.


Alvarez, D., Alvarez, T. (October 2014). Creating Desired Socially Just Spaces for engaging in Change Work Through Adventure. Association for Experiential Education National Conference, Chattanooga, TN. 

Alvarez, D., Bandt, T., Petryk, T., Soucy, A. (November 2014). Inclusive Leadership: Program Management and Student-Staff Partnerships. Student Life Professional Development Conference, University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, MI.

Chesler, M.  & Young. A. Video on Incivility and Social Identity in the Classroom. (Created in Fall 2014).

Dessel, A. Intergroup dialogue pedagogy: Teaching about intersectional and under examined privilege in heterosexual, Christian, and Jewish identities.  Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), Portland, OR. June 2014

Gurin, P.  Challenges to Creating a Connected Society.  Mellon Foundation.  New York.  November 2014

Gurin, P. Demographic Diversification, Segregation and Inequality.  Mellon Foundation.  New York.  April, 2014

Gurin, P., Fisher, R., & Checkoway, B.  Democratic Engagement:  Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education and K-12 Education.  American Educatinal Research Association.  Chicago, Il. April 2015

Khalife, D., Omar, H., & Dessel, A. Intergroup Dialogue as a Just Dialogue: How to Avoid Normalization in Campus Dialogues.  Middle East Dialogue 2015: Glorious Past Uncertain Future   Washington, D.C. 2015                                   

Maxwell, K.E., Worthington, R., Griffin, K., Biggs, M. (May 2015). Building a Movement for Difficult Dialogues Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. Washington, D.C.

Maxwell, K.E. (June 2015). Invited Keynote. Northeastern IGR Conference. Skidmore College.

Maxwell, K.E. (June 2015). U-M’s Faculty Dialogues Institute: Helping Faculty Develop Dialogic Strategies for Diverse Classrooms. Northeastern IGR Conference. Skidmore College.

Nagda, B.A., Gurin, P. (March 2014). Intergroup Dialogue: An Approach to Diversity Education AAC&U, Chicago, IL.

Petryk, T. & Ali, N.  Increasing Intercultural Understanding Through Social Justice Workshops:  Analysis of IGR CommonGround Workshop Program. NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), Baltimore, MD.  March, 2014

Rodenborg, N. & Dessel, A. Effectiveness of intergroup dialogue pedagogy for cultural competency and social justice education. Society for Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA.  2015.

Taylor, S. H. & Petryk, T. Empowering Students through Integrative Learning and Reflective Practice in Student Affairs. NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), Baltimore, MD.  March, 2014.

Thakral, C., & Maxwell, K.E. Institutionalizing Dialogue-based Education: Realities of Campus Processes and Practices. Association of American Colleges and Universities, Chicago, IL. March 2014).

Thompson, M., Dessel, A., Kulick, A., Rixen, N. & Gurin, P.  Facilitation and Action: An Examination of Facilitation Training and Practicum Courses.  Skidmore Conference on Intergroup Dialogue.  June, 2015.

Wong (Lau), K., Washington, S., Treviño, J., Soto, J., Maxwell, K.E. (May 2015). 50 Shades of Color: Unpacking Colorism. National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. Washington, D.C.