Center for Faculty Innovation

Faculty and Staff Intergroup Dialogue on Nationality and National Identity

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 1:15 PM - Tue, 7 Mar 2023 2:45 PM

Join the Spring 2023 Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) for faculty and staff!

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 nationality/national identity. The opportunity to explicitly engage in meaningful, in-depth dialogue around these identities deepens our capacity for genuine relationships with colleagues, students, and others of different backgrounds and experiences. 

In a globalized world, nationality and national identity are important as more people who grew up in different countries and hold different identities interact with each other more frequently, often in important capacities that require an understanding of others.

At JMU, international faculty and staff from a wide range of countries and continents work with each other in departments, colleges, and administrative units. The simple distinction of international and U.S. faculty and staff hides further aspects of national identity, such as American citizens who are immigrants or whose parents were immigrants, Americans with strong racial-ethnic-cultural identities connected to different parts of the world, or Native Americans who are indigenous to the country. Furthermore, national identity intersects with other important identity factors such as race, gender, and class.

The dialogue group will explore these issues, focusing on the unique experiences of the participants as well as broad developments and conflicts. Reflecting some of these intersectional identities, one of the co-facilitators is a White European immigrant instructional faculty member, while the other co-facilitator is a Black U.S.-American administrator in a leadership position at JMU.

The faculty community will meet from 1:15-2:45pm in person on Tuesdays, January 31 through March 7.

  • Participation in this dialogue is open to all faculty and staff at JMU, subject to availability of seats.
  • Regular attendance by all participants will be essential to the success of the program.
  • While the program will be in person, individual meetings may be moved online if one or more participants are sick or have other important reasons for attending remotely.


APPLY - 2 Step process: (Submit the Application Questionnaire & Add yourself to the WaitList)

  1. Complete the Application Questionnaire (Required) 

    Application Questions (Completion Required for consideration)

    • Please describe your social and personal identity using any aspects of it that matter to you, with particular focus on your nationality, national identity, and citizenship.
    • What motivates your participation in the Intergroup Dialogue?

  2. CFI Program Registration (link provided at the completion of the survey). You will sign in with your JMU eID and password (DUO), add yourself to the Waiting List, and then complete the registration (required for consideration).

Note: If this is your first time visiting the registration page, be sure to clear your browsing history/cache to view this page properly and complete your profile information for our records.

Submission Deadline: Jan 26 @ 12 noon

Accepted Applicants will be notified by email with the location.

 Faculty participants will make progress toward

  • Improving listening across social identities
  • Developing self-awareness around their social identities
  • Developing awareness on how they relate to members of the JMU community with different identities

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only! If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend please email with your request.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us at or (540) 568-4846.




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