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Intergroup Dialogue

Interested in Engaging in Authentic Dialogue about Diversity?


Intergroup Dialogue (IGD)

Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a nationally recognized, evidenced-based program that brings together small groups of students with different social identities such as race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or nationality to share their experiences and gain deeper understanding of each other. The capacity to have an authentic conversation with someone of a different social identity has application to both our personal and professional lives. This is one of the few opportunities while in graduate school to explicitly engage with people of different social identities at this level of depth and openness.

Topics and activities include exploration of our similarities and differences, identification of ways to use our backgrounds and cultures to positively impact our lives and the lives of others, and the development of strategies to contribute to inclusiveness. A facilitative and accepting environment is created so participants can feel comfortable in engaging in meaningful dialogue. This 6-week (2 hours per meeting) program is open to all interested graduate students dependent on space availability.

In the Summer 2012 session, the group will focus on race/ethnicity and will be led by IGD-trained doctoral student co-facilitators, one who is white and one who is of color. Our group can have up to 12 participants with half of the participants identifying as White/Caucasian and the other half identifying as a Person of Color.


Benefits of participating in IGD:

  • Deepen your multicultural understanding
  • Increase awareness of your own racial/ethnic identity
  • Receive certificate of completion from JMU
  • Have the opportunity to be trained as an IGD facilitator
  • Beneficial for your resume or curriculum vitae to demonstrate awareness and emerging competencies related to diversity/outreach


IGD MEETING TIMES: TBA based on participants’ availabilities

                                                May 14- June 22th (1x/week)



FOCUS: Race/Ethnicity


To register for IGD summer session, please send an email to cobbhc@jmu.edu by April 27th. Include your name, gender, racial/ethnic identity, and available times.


For more information regarding IGD or to register, please contact:

Dr. Harriet Clare Cobb                                                    Mr. Art Dean

Professor                                                                            Special Assistant to the President for Diversity

Department of Graduate Psychology                      Alumnae Hall 206

cobbhc@jmu.edu                                                            dean1at@jmu.edu