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Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Intergroup Dialogue

Interested in joining an Intergroup Dialogue? Participant applications for the Fall 2016 Semester will go out during the first week of classes.

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

Spring 2016 Dialogue Groups:

Race and Gender in US and Abroad: Understanding Identity through Inclusion and Difference

Mondays, 6-8pm (February 15 – April 4)

“Safety First”: How Race and Gender Impact Quality of Life in the U.S.

Tuesdays 6-8pm (February 16 – April 5)  

Unpacking Privilege and Marginalization on Campus: What We Carry Around with Us and What We Can Do About It  

Wednesdays 6-8pm (February 17 – April 6)

Gender and Nationality:  Roles, Expectations, and Cultural Contexts

Wednesdays 6-8pm (February 17 – April 6)

Learn more about dialogue

What is Dialogue? 

Definitions from leaders in the field

Comparing Debate, Discussion and Dialogue

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.

Participate in a dialogue

Dialogue groups run every semester and offer a variety of new and recurring topics. Group topics and applications will be available starting the first week of classes.

Become an Intergroup Dialogue facilitator

Gain skills facilitating identity-based conversations. This is a paid position and we provide training. For more information, see Become a dialogue facilitator

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

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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.

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