SU Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion Report Released in March

The Syracuse University Chancellor’s workgroup on diversity and inclusion released its report to the university community on March 21. The report includes 33 specific recommendations focused on institutional commitment including policies; faculty, staff, and student education on issues of diversity and inclusion; and full access for students, staff, and faculty across university offerings and activities.

Dialogue on Faith, Conflict, and Community – Open to SU Graduate Students


The interdisciplinary program on Intergroup Dialogue is opening up the

interfaith dialogue section offered this spring 2016 (SOC/WGS 230 & CFE 200)

to interested graduate students from departments across schools and colleges.

In this course – Dialogue on Faith, Conflict, and Community – we will examine intersections between religious and secular identities in contemporary America, analyze social power embedded in differing faith identities, and explore religious conflict while seeking interfaith understanding and alliances. Whatever your faith or non-faith identity, we invite you to join in this opportunity to develop and apply dialogue skills in visits to Syracuse faith communities, and in an action project to support interfaith collaboration towards justice and human rights.

Course requirements include weekly written reflections, final paper, and collaborative project. Sample references include chapters from:

  • Kivel, P. (2013). Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony. Gabriola Island, Canada: New Society Publishers.
  • The Dalai Lama (2011). Toward a true kinship of faiths. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.
  • Patel, E. (2012). Sacred ground: Pluralism, prejudice, and the promise of America. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  • Hirschfield, B. (2009). You don’t have to be wrong for me to be right: Finding faith without fanaticism. New York, NY: Random House Inc.
  • Akwesasne Notes (Ed.) (2005). Basic call to consciousness. Summertown, TN: Native Voices.

The course, co-facilitated by Dr. Diane Swords and El-Java Abdul-Qadir, will meet once a week on Monday from 3:45 to 6:30 at 113 Euclid, first floor. Details are also provided on the attached flyer and through the IGD website:

Interested students should contact Diane Swords (, 315 391 4484) or Robin Higgins (, 443 9585) by Friday 12/18, 5 pm at the latest as this is the last day of registration before the university’s winter break. We can provide further information on registration at that time.


Apply for a Spring 2016 Intergroup Dialogue course today!

Applications are currently being accepted for three sections of SOC/WGS 230 & CFE 200 – Intergroup Dialogue – for the Spring 2016 semester.

Join us for an unique and important educational experience:

All classes meet at the Intergroup Dialogue Program at 113 Euclid, First Floor. Please drop by for more information, connect with us on Facebook, or call 315 433 4555.

Here’s the direct link to submit an application.

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Wondering “How do I highlight dialogue experience on my resume?”

photo (8)Are you wondering or working through how best to highlight intergroup dialogue educational and/or facilitation experiences on your resume? Or are you thinking about how to capture your learning through dialogue, and its multiple applications, in a personal statement for graduate school? Members of the Intergroup Dialogue team are available to serve as a sounding board to discuss these questions and to support featuring intergroup dialogue in these important ways. If you are interested in consulting with one of us, feel free to contact Lynn Dew, Dellareese Jackson, Robin Higgins, or Diane Romo. You can find our contact information (and short bios) on the IGD website.

Unscripted Conversations following “I Learn America” 9/30 at 9 pm

Unscripted Conversations - Sept 30th

“The real stories of immigration in I LEARN AMERICA
can help educators bring culturally responsive pedagogy to life.
You will fall in love with the students in this film.”

– Sara L. Wicht, Teaching Tolerance, a project of The Southern Poverty Law Center

The Intergroup Dialogue Program is hosting an “after hours” informal dialogue to follow the event, to provide a space for critical reflections and further engagement with issues of
immigration, education, resistance, struggle

Dellareese Jackson, Martin Gonzalez, and Kim Williams
315 443 4555

“Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference …” released in paperback

IGD book coverIntergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference, Social Identities, and Social Justice – edited by Ximena Zuniga, Gretchen Lopez, & Kristie Ford – is now available for purchase in paperback.

“Intergroup dialogue is a form of democratic engagement that fosters communication, critical reflection, and collaborative action across social and cultural divides. Engaging social identities is central to this approach. In recent years, intergroup dialogue has emerged as a promising social justice education practice that addresses pressing issues in higher education, school and community settings. This edited volume provides a thoughtful and comprehensive overview of intergroup dialogue spanning conceptual frameworks for practice, and most notably a diverse set of research studies which examine in detail the processes and learning that take place through dialogue.” – About the Book at

For more information, to order a complimentary teaching/desk copy, or to purchase, visit the Routledge book page:

The paperback volume is also available through Amazon:…/dp/1138949531/

SU IGD Facilitators On The Move

IntergroupDialogueFall14Congratulations are in order for several of our IGD Program colleagues and collaborators!

Although we will miss them, we offer our warmest wishes to Dean Tiffany Steinwert who begins a position as Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at Wellesley College this fall and Dr. Chase Catalano who is now Assistant Professor in Higher Education Leadership and Student Affairs at Western Illinois University.

We also sent off with warm felicidades several graduates from this past year including Michael Riley and Tiffany Curtis who completed M.S. degrees in Cultural Foundations of Education in the School of Education and undergraduate Kyrani Reneau who completed her studies in Spanish and International Relations. Tiffany (Curtis) is now working as a national training specialist for the Posse Foundation office in New York City and Kyrani is getting started as a master’s student in the public policy and administration program at Northwestern University in Chicago – where Michael has also moved.

And this fall, Jermaine Soto begins a dissertation and teaching fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Middle Tennessee State University in the Nashville area, a little closer actually to co-facilitator Wendy Nastasi who is in central Florida also dedicating time to dissertation writing.

We look forward to staying in touch with our IGD family across these new locations!

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