Intergroup Dialogue at AU
The purpose of Intergroup Dialogue at American University is to create new knowledge, build community, heal divisions, and promote civic engagement. We strive to identify and respond to issues that matter to members of our local and global community by creating a constructive space for dialogue at American University.
Individuals who dialogue listen to understand, rather than debate to prove a point or persuade others. There is no winner, as the motive for dialogue is to learn, collaborate, and create new and shared deeper understanding both of yourself and others.
What is "dialogue"? Dialogue is a mechanism to have an open and honest conversation with people different or similar from yourself and/or those who you may never have previously interacted with before. It is a way to realize both a deeper level of understanding of yourself and those different from you. Through guided conversations, people from different backgrounds speak from their own experiences and exchange ideas with others.
The program was founded in 2006 (formerly Dialogue Development Group) out of Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer's course Dialogue: Approaches and Applications, within the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program (IPCR). Today, Intergroup Dialogue is managed by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and in direct partnership with faculty and staff in IPCR.
Ways to Get Involved
All individuals in the AU community are welcome to participate in the Intergroup Dialogue program or to study dialogue on campus.
1. Participate in a dialogue: Dialogue groups run every semester and offer a variety of new and recurring topics. Spring 2015 groups will be announced in early January and begin the week of February 16 through April 6. Group topics will include; Race in the US, Race and Gender in the US, Race Around the World, and Interfaith: Spiritual and Institutional Religious Identities.
2. Serve as a dialogue facilitator: Facilitators receive professional development, training, and intensive practice at facilitating dialogue. To become a Fall 2015 facilitator, applications will be due in April. This is a paid position. To learn more and to apply, click here.
3. Enroll in the Master's level dialogue course, Dialogue: Approaches and Applications (SIS 619)
Email email@example.com for any questions or to get on our listserv of announcements around dialogue groups.