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Intergroup Dialogue

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Intergroup Dialogue is a seven-week program that provides a unique learning opportunity for AU students to engage on a range of identity topics including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, and faith. Housed in the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, dialogues are intergroup, gathering people from multiple backgrounds and identities for sustained, ongoing dialogue for two-hours each week.

Goals of Intergroup Dialogue

Engage across difference of perspective and identity

Foster intergroup community through a diversity of identities

Explore personal experience and societal issues

Provide tools for navigating difference on and off campus

Participate

Register for Intergroup Dialogue Fall 2017 | Registration is due September 24

Every semester individuals with diverse lived experiences and perspectives engage in Intergroup Dialogues that are about a variety of new and recurring topics. Fall dialogues are typically early October to mid-November. Spring dialogues are typically late February to mid-April. Applications are available the first week of classes each semester.

Facilitate

Gain skills facilitating identity-based conversations. This is a paid position and we provide training.

Facilitator applications are available towards the end of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Have questions? Contact Michelle Strange, CDI's Coordinator of Dialogue and Diversity Programs.

Faculty Involvement

Faculty can support Intergroup Dialogue by:

  • Promoting participant and facilitator applications to your students.
  • Offering course credit for your students' participation in Intergroup Dialogue.
  • Serving as an Intergroup Dialogue faculty advisor. Advisors meet with facilitators weekly (electronically and/or in-person) during the seven-week program to help them process and plan their sessions.

Email dialogue@american.edu to be added to the Intergroup Dialogue faculty supporter list to receive information about any of the above.

Past Dialogue Topics

Past Intergroup Dialgoue topics include:

  • Latinx Issues and Experiences
  • Politics: Post Election Impact and Climate
  • Gender, Race, and Mental Health
  • Religion: Bias and Inclusion