Intergroup Dialogue: Gender

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 3:00 PM - Wed, 13 Nov 2013 5:00 PM

Location: Miller Hall G8 & G9
Dates: Every Wednesday 9/25 - 11/13
Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program that brings together small groups of individuals with different social identities to share their experiences and gain deeper understanding of each other. (Social identities refer to salient sociological constructs such as gender, race/ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ability/dis-ability, spirituality/religion, or other belief systems – including political affiliation.) The opportunity to explicitly engage in meaningful, in-depth dialogue about these matters deepens our capacity for genuine relationships with colleagues, students, and others of different backgrounds and experiences.

Neither a debate format nor a purely intellectual discussion, the model uses the dialogue method developed by the Program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan. This program has been recognized by the American Association of Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association for its effectiveness, in addition to its endorsement by President Clinton’s Initiative on Race and the US Department of Education’s Gender Association.

The Fall 2013 IGD opportunity will focus on gender. The 9-week (2 hours per meeting) group experience can hold up to 10 participants. A facilitative and accepting environment is created so participants can feel comfortable in engaging in genuine dialogue. Faculty interested in participating may apply through the CFI and will be notified of acceptance into the IGD program.

Participants completing the program will be eligible for training to lead IGD groups using this model.

Facilitator: Art Dean, Special Assistant to the President

Facilitator: Janell Bauer, Ph.D., Department of Communication Studies

This event is cosponsored by Office of the Special Assistant to the President & IGD Task Force

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