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Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Dialogue Facilitators

Applications for Spring 2017 Intergroup Dialogue facilitators will open in fall 2016.

Intergroup Dialogue recruits and trains American University undergraduate and graduate students to facilitate dialogues on a variety of identity-based topics. Facilitators are an integral part of the dialogue program and are supported throughout the semester by AU staff and faculty.

Why become a facilitator?

Dialogue facilitation is a desirable skill in the professional arena, whether you're interested in working in local communities, nationally, or internationally. Individuals who have a dialogue background bring vital experiences and training necessary to be a leader at managing difficult conversations and promoting a greater understanding among individuals across identities.


We encourage both undergraduate and graduate students with relevant experience navigating identity-based conversations to apply.

Examples of relevant experience may include:

  • engaging in conversations about identities or social justice with a student group or other organization

  • experience as a participant or facilitator in CDI’s Intergroup Dialogue program or a similar dialogue program

  • coursework or training in dialogue, facilitation, leading workshops or conversations

  • activism, work, or engagement in sustained conversations that bring together diverse groups of people to discuss issues related to their identities (including race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, faith, nationality, etc.)


Intergroup Dialogue and TALK facilitators attend a two day intensive intergroup dialogue training led by university faculty and staff

Individuals will learn the program's model and theory, how to develop dialogue sessions and to delve into challenging discussions. The training includes a focus on cross-cultural sensitivity, non-verbal communication, community building activities, open-ended questions, and co-facilitation and group process skills.


The Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator position averages 5-10 hours of work/week during the seven week dialogue, plus preparation and a weekend training. This is a paid position at AU at a rate of $14 per hour.

Individuals selected for the position are responsible for, and expected to:

1. Attend the facilitator training

2. Engage in pre-dialogue group setup

3. During 7-week sessions: develop session plans, attend all 7 group sessions, meet for at minimum 1-hour with co-facilitator, 1-hour with advisor*

4. Attend the facilitator mid and end of semester debrief, and

5. Attend the End of Semester Celebration.

*Co-facilitators are paired with a faculty advisor who provides valuable input, coaching, and professional feedback around dialogue facilitation and expertise on the identity topic. This approach has led to stronger professional and career development between facilitators and their advisor.


For questions regarding the facilitator position, please email, or visit MGC 201/202.