ALA 321: Practicum in Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation


Practicum focuses on helping students develop and improve their skills as intergroup dialogue facilitators and peer social justice educators. This will be done in the context of the belief that facilitation skills can be used throughout life to create positive social change. Effective facilitators are effective social change agents. Moreover, by debriefing their actual dialogue experiences, facilitators can deepen their own learning about identity, discrimination, privilege, and social justice. Ultimately, we believe that individuals with strong intergroup dialogue facilitation skills are one of the key pieces in developing a just and equitable society.

Students participate in weekly seminars and frequent instructor/coach consultations to: 

  • Discuss and prepare work for weekly dialogue sessions 

  • Strengthen facilitators’ own understanding of intergroup relations 

  • Further develop the co-­facilitation relationship and experience 

  • Discuss theory and practice of group observation, conflict intervention, intergroup communication, and community building 

  • Strengthen facilitators’ understanding and participation in liberatory education

  • Continue facilitators’ own personal growth and development in the intergroup dialogue process  

*An additional two credits can be obtained by simultaneously enrolling in ALA 270. The course also fulfills LSA's Race & Ethnicity requirements


This course follows—and students must first complete—ALA 320, "Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation. To apply, complete the placement survey

Course requirement(s)

  • Class begins with a required in-person retreat. The fall 2023 retreat will take place Saturday, August 26th.
  • Students will be facilitating a dialogue section that meets on Tuesdays,10:00am– 12:00pm or 2:00–4:00 pm.  

Intended audience

For students who are facilitating Intergroup Dialogues, and who can attend during the scheduled class time.

This course is required to fulfill the Facilitator track of the Minor in Intergroup Relations Education. 




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