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Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Intergroup Dialogue

About Intergroup Dialogue

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. The goal of Intergroup Dialogue is to:

  • 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
Stages of Intergroup Dialogue

Complex and Pressing Issues

Dialogue vs. Debate

Fall 2016 Dialogue Groups

Fall Dialogues are now closed.  Participant applications for Spring 2017 Intergroup Dialogues will open in February.

  • Conflicting Identities: A Dialogue on the Intersection of Nationality and Culture | Mondays 6-8pm
  • Changing Times and Unchanging Principles: Race, Belonging, & Community | Mondays 6-8pm
  • Exploring Social Inequities and Privileges on Campus – What Is Our Role? | Mondays 6-8pm
  • Keeping Up Appearances: Race, Gender, and Representation | Wednesdays 6-8 p.m
  • Sexuality, Gender, and Race: Personal Experiences of Intersecting Identities| Wednesdays 6-8 p.m
  • At a Crossroads: Race and Class in America | Thursdays 6-8 p.m.

 

 Ways to Participate

All individuals in the AU community are welcome to participate in the Intergroup Dialogue program or to study dialogue on campus.

Participate in Intergroup Dialogue

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.

Become an Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator

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

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.

Other ways to get involved in dialogue at AU

The International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Program in the School of International Service offers dialogue-related courses. 

International Student and Scholar Services offer the TALK program, a voluntary 8-week program which brings groups of U.S. and international students together and engages them in informal, facilitated conversations about culture and intercultural communication. Through experience-based learning activities, participants discover the impact of culture on their daily lives, especially their interpersonal relationships with others.

Email dialogue@american.edu for any questions or drop by MGC 201/202.

Connect with Michelle

CDI Michelle Strange

Have questions about CDI's Intergroup Dialogue program? Stop by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Mary Graydon Room 201/202 to meet our staff and get to know Michelle, CDI's Coordinator of Dialogue & Diversity Programs.

Connect with Michelle