During the academic year, IGD publishes a Social Action Calendar. This calendar highlights upcoming opportunities to raise consciousness, organize with others, and/or continue learning in dialogue. The events for the calendar are pulled from various sources, including Syracuse University’s main event calendar, SU departments and offices, as well as local universities and organizations.
The Student Leaders’ Dialogue Starters Workshop was held during the Fall 2011 semester. This half-day workshop served as an opportunity for undergraduate students to learn and/or continue with dialogue. This was a partnership between The Intergroup Dialogue Program and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and CARE.
“Raising Our Voices,” the High School Diversity Institute, is a collaborative partnership between faculty and teaching staff from Syracuse University’s Intergroup Dialogue Program and two Central New York high school English teachers that began in Spring 2006. The teachers co-developed elective courses focused on the rhetoric of race and cultural voices at their respective high schools. Once a year, students who take these courses come together at Syracuse University for the High School Institute.
Spotlighting Justice grows out of student evaluations of the High School Diversity Institute and is a participatory youth collaborative between the Intergroup Dialogue Program and Jenniffer Benedetto’s tenth grade English students at Nottingham High School. Spotlighting Justice provides the space for tenth grade students to learn about and use race, gender, and class as lenses for contributing their voices to the discussions of school reform. As part of their work with Spotlighting Justice, students are learning dialogic skills while developing an understanding of social issues in their community.
The Intergroup Dialogue Program is grateful for the university partnerships that enrich our work. These interdisciplinary departments and support offices provide IGD rewarding connections that help to sustain our commitments towards education for social equality.
There are opportunities on campus and in the community to engage in dialogue outside of the classroom. Though our programs are not directly related or associated, we have connected in the past with the programs that offer these additional dialogue, and broader educational and community engagement opportunities.
If you are interested, more specifically, in campus and community resources that offer or support anti-bullying initiatives and outreach, IGD has recently compiled a (non-exhaustive) list of examples of faculty, programs, and community organizations to consider.