Interesting in joining our teaching team? Apply to co-facilitate a Spring 2019 academic course!

There may be some openings on the Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) teaching team for our program’s Spring 2019 academic courses: Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity. These Intergroup Dialogue courses are cross-listed in Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Cultural Foundations of Education (SOC 230, WGS 230, CFE 200, 3 credits), are co-facilitated, and will meet on Monday (3:45-6:30), Tuesday (3:30-6:15), or Wednesday (3:45-6:30). The team also regularly meets once a week and provides community, exchange, preparation and mentoring on social justice education and pedagogy – as well as research and conference travel opportunities.

Information about the Intergroup Dialogue Program and these academic courses is available on our program website including details on spring undergraduate course offerings. The site also includes information on our current team and ongoing research projects.

Here is the direct link to apply through SU JobOpps and please note the deadline is early November (11/8).

Spring 2019 Academic Courses – Dialogue on Race



SOC 230 | WGS 230 | CFE 200

Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity

offered for 3 credits, 3 courses to choose from on
Monday, Tuesday, OR Wednesday

To register, the first step is to submit an
online placement form via the Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) website

Interested in more information? See IGD Academic Courses 
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Students from across colleges and schools, majors and class years, are invited to join
And SOC 230 & WGS 230 meet Arts & Sciences critical reflections requirement

Diane Swords at PARCC Conversations in Conflict Studies this September

Announcement for PARCC Conversation with Diane Swords, Ph.D.

Dr. Diane Swords addresses “Intergroup Dialogue, Social Power, and Conflict Transformation” during a PARCC Conversation in Conflict Studies:

Wednesday, September 19, at 12:30 pm in 400 Eggers Hall

Longstanding intractable conflicts around race, gender, economic status, religion, disability and other identities are rooted in inequalities of social and material power. Intergroup dialogue is one intervention in such conflicts. This presentation addresses the dissonance between potential of intergroup dialogue to improve systemic inequality, with significant dangers raised by critics. I share tools embedded in the academic intergroup dialogue (IGD) model that address critiques, and encourage a dialogic exchange around the experience of attendees in power-laden conversations.  

Diane Swords has a Ph.D. in Social Science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. Her research interrogates power and identity in social movement strategy and democratic leadership. As an educator in the Intergroup Dialogue Program, she has co-facilitated dialogue classes on race, on gender, on faith and on socioeconomic status. 

PARCC, the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration is in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Fall 2018 “Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity” Meets Mondays

Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity


New York Times columnist Charles Blow (2014) writes “race is weaponized construct used to divide and deny” (p. 1). From Ferguson to anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies of today, the significance of race and ethnicity in U.S. society is undeniable.

In this intergroup dialogue court, students will engage in meaningful face-to-face conversations around issues on race and other social identities, and examine how those social identities have affected your personal story. Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity will examine racial narratives that shape the American landscape, explore historical and social processes of racial/ethnic formations, and analyze the role of social structures in reproducing racial and ethnic inequalities.

Register today to join Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity
Meets Wednesdays 3:45-6:30 at 113 Euclid Ave, Room 105
With Co-Facilitators Dellareese Jackson & Lynn Dew

Submit an Online Interest Form Now

Fall 2018 “Dialogue on Socioeconomic Inequality & Education” Meets Wednesdays

Dialogie on Socio-Economic Inequality and Education



In U.S. society, socio-economic class is often rendered as invisible identity, yet it shapes every facet of our lives; where we live, what kind of car we drive, whether we can afford health insurance, and the quality of education we receive. As scholar bell hooks has said, “class matters” (2000).

In this intergroup dialogue course, we will explore identities and experiences relative to economic inequality and education at SU and in the city of Syracuse. Together, we will examine how class restricts access to resources and shapes our identities as students and community members.

Register Today to Join Dialogue on Socioeconomic Inequality & Education
Meets Wednesdays 3:45-6:30 at 113 Euclid Ave, Room 105
With Co-Facilitators Diane Swords & Sara Potocsny

Submit an Interest Online Form Now