IGR's Adrienne Dessel Presents at Biennial SPSSI Conference

Photo of Dr. Adrienne B. Dessel

Summer 2014

This summer, IGR's Dr. Adrienne B. Dessel, presented a chapter co-authored with colleagues Johanna C. Massé, Doctoral Candidate (U-M Department of Sociology and School of Education) and Lauren T. Walker, MSW (U-M School of Social Work), at the Social Action and Change: Opportunities, Resistance, Inertia, and Mobilization conference held by The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). SPSSI is a branch of the American Psychological Association (APA)

Dr. Kim Case (University of Houson - Clear Lake) invited Dr. Dessel to present Intergroup Dialogue Pedagogy: Teaching About Intersectional and Under-Examined Privilege. This presentation was based on the three colleagues’ work examining data on the IGR's intergroup dialogue courses on sexual orientation, Arab-Jewish relations, and religion. Their work was originally published in Dr. Case's book: Deconstructing Privilege: Teaching and Learning As Allies in the Classroom. The conference presentation provided a unique angle and perspective on intersectional privilege for heterosexual, Jewish, and Christian identities.

Dr. Dessel says:

In discussing this conference, I would like to acknowledge Dr. Case's very important work on social justice education. Her book and her other publications provide important resources for social justice educators. I would recommend them to any instructors who want to help their students learn more about social justice identity, power, and oppression. 

If you are interested in learning more about the work of Dr. Kim Case, please visit her website