Intergroup Dialogue Program to Sponsor Book Talk: Penny Rosenwasser

The Intergroup Dpenny wassermanialogue Program is sponsoring a book talk, “Hope Into Practice,” featuring author Penny Rosenwasser. Rosenwasser will discuss her new book, Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite our Fears. Penny Rosenwasser is an academic and an activist. She teaches Anti-Arabism/Anti-Semitism classes with a Palestinian colleague at City College of San Francisco. She has performed in and organized women’s music festivals, and has been active on issues ranging from ending nuclear power and weapons to feminism and queer liberation, to peace and racial justice.The talk will take place at noon on Monday, March 24th in the Peter Grahm Commons in Bird Library. A light lunch will be provided and an opportunity for dialogue will follow the talk. For more information, please contact Diane Swords.

This talk is co-sponsored by:

Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration
Women and Gender Studies Department
Political Science Department
Cultural Foundations of Education Department
Hendricks Chapel
Judaic Studies Program
Religion Department
Anthropology Department
Sociology Department

Jermaine Soto Gives Talk at SUNY Cortland

Jermaine_cortlandtalk2Intergroup Dialogue facilitator, Jermaine Soto, gave a talk at State University of New York at Cortland on Friday, Thursday 20th as part of Cortland’s Black History Month speaker series. Jermaine’s presentation, “Engaging Race within the Dialogic Space: Emotional Labor (Not) Lost” focused on his experiences and reflections as a man of color facilitating dialogues on Race & Ethnicity. Over 40 faculty and students attended the hour long talk which explored the emotional labor of teaching/learning about inequality from an embodied standpoint. If you would like to learn more about the presentation, please contact Jermaine Soto at

Intergroup Dialogue Program sponsors 7th Annual Conference on Equity & Social Justice

esj-logo-300x124The Intergroup Dialogue Program is proud to sponsor the 7th Annual Conference on Equity and Social Justice. The conference theme is Social Justice Education Out of Bounds: New Frameworks and Alliances and includes breakout sessions from IGD facilitators, from SOE faculty and graduate students as well as groups from The College of Saint Rose, SUNY Cortland, University of Rochester, the Syracuse community, and more.

Peter McLaren, renowned scholar and activist, and Brian Jones, teacher, actor, and activists, will be providing keynote addresses.

The registration fee for students is $25 and includes breakfast, lunch, and an evening reception. More information and the full schedule can be found at

And, of course, don’t forget to check out facilitators Chase Catalano, Mary Cannito-Coville, Meredith Madden and Wendy Nastasi during their research panel presentation, Crossing Boundaries: Dialogic Inquiry Between Classroom-Community Locations, at 9:45 am.

Congratulations Student Leadership Institute

We congratulate our partner the Division of Student Affairs’ Student Leadership Institute for being selected as the Silver Award Winner in the NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Excellence Award’s program in the category sli_logoof Outstanding Leadership Development program.This national recognition by the largest professional organization for Higher Education educators and administrators is the culmination of over three-years of continuous work by the Institute’s faculty and partners designing, implementing, and continuously improving the Institute’s core curriculum, assessment methodology, and strategic partnerships. IGD is proud to contribute to SLI by facilitating the Intergroup Dialogue learning track for this year’s cohort (2013-2014) and through presenting at the SLI Conference (2012). Congratulations SLI students, SLI chair Kerry Foxx and The Division of Student Affairs! We look forward to future collaborations! For more information on the NASPA award click here. For more information on SLI click here.

Dialogue Courses Featured as Part of “Listening” Symposium

"Listening" image provided by the Syracuse University Humanities Center

“Listening” image provided by the Syracuse University Humanities Center

The Intergroup Dialogue Program is proud to share that our three undergraduate sections are included as featured seminars in this year’s Humanities Center Symposium focused on Listening. The Listening theme, proposed by the School of Education, asks us to consider listening as an intentional act, a mode of cognition. Intergroup Dialogue courses, with our focus on empathic and critical dialogic listening, embody listening as a practice for learning. Click here to learn more about the Humanities Center Symposium, including special events and workshops. And, of course, to learn more about our courses, please visit our courses page.

Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference, Social Identities, and Social Justice

Equity & Excellence in Education, 45(1), reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis,

Equity & Excellence in Education, 45(1), reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis, http://www.tandfonline.comIntergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference, Social Identities, and Social Justice, the February (2012) special issue in the peer-reviewed journal Equity and Excellence in Education brings intergroup dialogue outcomes and research into focus across high school, college, and community settings. This special issue includes an introductory article by Ximena Zuniga, Gretchen Lopez, and Kristie Ford (co-editors) that provides an overview of existing intergroup dialogue approaches and directions for future research, as well as summarizing the key points across the articles. The 11 subsequent articles in the issue utilize a broad array of research methods to consider participant and facilitator perspectives on experiences and evaluation of intergroup dialogue.

The special issue includes four pieces that explore intergroup dialogue outcomes among college students. Three of these articles utilize data from the Multiuniversity Intergroup Dialogue Research Project (MIGR), two of which are quantitative in nature (Gurin-Sands, Gurin, Nagda, & Osuna; and Alimo) and one that is qualitative (Zuniga, Mildred, Varghese, DeJong, & Keehn). These articles focus on various elements of dialogue, including the experiences of students of color, how white students learn to be social change agents and racial allies, and the likelihood that students will engage in social justice action, to name a few.

Other articles in the issue focus on high school and community settings for intergroup dialogue. There are two articles that specifically explore student outcomes from high school dialogue initiatives including among University of Michigan’s Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit (Aldana, Rowley, Checkoway, & Richards-Schuster) and among a university-community collaborative on race dialogues in the Northeast with one urban and one suburban high school (Lopez & Nastasi). Additionally, there are articles that examine the structuring and facilitation of dialogue courses in high schools and the challenges and rewards that accompany such initiatives, including perspectives from teachers of color (Kohli) and other school program staff/administrators (Griffin, Brown, & Warren).

Additionally, two articles address wider applications of dialogue, including community dialogues (Davidson & Moses) in the US and internationally (Laman, Jewett, Jennings, Wilson, & Souto-Manning).  These articles, in addition to several of the articles in the issue, offer some directions for practice and suggestions for policy and social change.

As the introductory piece states, “taken together, the articles in this special issue investigate and explore varied approaches for bringing people together across and within social identities and social contexts to engage social justice issues” (Zuniga, Lopez & Ford, p. 9). These pieces add to the discourse about dialogue and put various pieces of research on social justice education, with a focus on dialogue, into conversation with one another with the aim of continual improvement toward the goal of equality and justice.

A selection of additional research pieces related to dialogue is available on our research page.

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