Center for Faculty Innovation

Intergroup Dialogue on Gender

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

IGD will meet on Tuesdays, 01/21, 01/28, 02/04, 02/11, 02/18, 02/25, 03/03/20 from 2:00-4:00 PM in Miller G006.

Application deadline date Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 12:00 NOON.

Join the Spring 2020 Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) group! 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. The social identity that this Intergroup Dialogue focuses on is gender. 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 former President Clinton’s Initiative on Race and the US Department of Education’s Gender Association. At JMU, Intergroup Dialogues are among an array of programs and efforts emerging from President Alger’s ongoing focus on enhancing diversity initiatives and strengthening JMU's culture of inclusivity.

The Spring 2020 group will be led by Dr. Ruthie Bosch and Mr. Art Dean. The 7-week (2 hours per meeting) group experience can hold up to 10 participants, with the goal of balanced representation of gender identities. A facilitative and accepting environment is created so participants can feel comfortable in engaging in genuine dialogue.

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

Participation in this dialogue is open to all faculty and staff at JMU, subject to availability of seats.



Partner: Office of Access and Inclusion

Participants will make progress toward these program goals:

      • Improving listening skills across social identities;
      • Developing empathy and awareness for what members of different identity groups at JMU experience.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please reach out to us at or (568-4846) with any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, dietary, etc.) you want us to know about.

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