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Register for Intergroup Dialogue by September 15
Intergroup Dialogue sessions are from September 30-November 15

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, nationality, 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. Each semester, new topics are explored.

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

"There's a Dialogue for You!"

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Learn more about the Center for Diversity and Inclusion's Intergroup Dialogue in this video. 

Intergroup Dialogue Topics

Intergroup Dialogue topics change every semester, based on campus issues, student interest, pop culture, and local and global news.

Explore the dialogue groups that will be available for Fall 2019!For an idea of topics that have been covered, read previous semesters' offerings below.

Fall 2019 Topics Topics are subject to change before Fall 2019 registration

Interracial Dating & Multiracial Families/Identity (Mondays 6-8 p.m.) What are your thoughts and experiences navigating identity-based issues in interracial dating? What is the difference between sexual racism and dating preferences? This dialogue will explore issues of families, mixed identity, and more.

Black Issues On & Off Campus (Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.) What are your experiences as a Black person at AU? What are some of our internalized struggles and oppressions?  How do we build community and solidarity at AU? This is an intragroup dialogue for those who self-identify within Black communities.

Race in Pop Culture (Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.) This dialogue will explore issues of racism in the media and popular culture including: black fishing, cultural appropriation, cancel culture, celebrities, and more. What are your thoughts and experiences navigating these issues and what are your thoughts on ways we can move forward?

Immigration & Nationality (Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.) How do we build coalitions across citizen statuses? Share your experience as an ally, an immigrant, or an international student to explore issues of culture, immigration, and nationality.

Immigration & Nationality (Thursdays 6-8 p.m.) How do we build coalitions across citizen statuses? Share your experience as an ally, an immigrant, or an international student to explore issues of culture, immigration, and nationality.

Campus Issues (Thursdays 6-8 p.m.) A dialogue to explore participants’ experiences with various identity-based issues impacting the campus climate, emotional safety on campus, and ways to move forward.

 

Spring 2019 Topics

Cultural Appropriation: Participants explored their thoughts and experiences navigating issues of cultural appropriation. Participants explored the differences between "cultural appreciation" vs. "cultural appropriation" and the implications of the dialogue at AU and beyond.

Asian Pacific Islander (API) Issues: An intragroup dialogue, this group was designed to provide a space for the API students, faculty, and staff to share their experienes within the API community on and off-campus. The group discussed how issues of race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and ethnicity impacted API experiences, behavior, and thinking.

Antisemitism: A group open to Jewish and non-Jewish communities, this dialogue asked what is antisemitism and how does it function at AU and beyond. It explored the connections between antisemitism and other forms of oppression.

Immigration and Nationality: Two sections of this dialogue were held to explore buliding coalition across citizen status, personal connections to immigration, and the intersections of nationality, race, and culture.

Ways to Engage

participate

Register to participate in Intergroup Dialogue by September 15. Sign up for CDI's digital newsletter to recieve updates on Intergroup Dialogue!

facilitate

Gain skills facilitating identity-based conversations. Intergroup Dialogue is a seven-week program where students meet for two hours each week to explore societal issues, engage across difference, and gain tools for navigating difference on and off campus. 

Spring 2020 facilitator applications will be open in November, 2019.

For questions, please contact Michelle Strange at dialogue@american.edu.

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.

Intergroup Dialogue Facts

61 percent of dialogue registrants were first year undergraduate students during Spring 2019 dialogues

62% of dialogue participants participate in dialogue for academic credit

275 students registered for Intergroup Dialogue during the 2018-19 academic year