Intergroup Relations

picture of students in Practicum course

ALA 321/SOC 321/PSYCH 311

(3 credit course with the option of enrolling in ALA 270 for an additional 2 credits)

(Fulfills LSA's Race & Ethnicity requirements)

In order to take this course, you need to complete ALA 320: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation.

This course follows "Training in Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation" and requires applied work in facilitating intergroup dialogues. Students will be facilitating a dialogue section that meets on Wednesdays,10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. or 3:00–5:00 p.m. 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 

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. This course fulfills the LSA Race & Ethnicity Requirement. 

*An additional two credits can be obtained by simultaneously enrolling in ALA 270. 

Class begins with a required in-person weekend retreat. 

  • Fall 2022 - Weekend Retreat

    • Saturday, August 27- Sunday, August 28

Course Requirements: Students must complete ALA 320: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation in order to take this course. Students must complete the application by going to this link: 

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.