Intergroup Dialogue Program Receives Chancellor’s Feinstone Grants for Multicultural Initiatives

Dr. Gretchen Lopez and Crista Gray applied for and received the Chancellor’s Feinstone Grants for Multicultural Initiatives in December 2009. During the Spring 2010 semester this allowed IGD to follow-up with former students and implement some of their suggestions for continuing dialogue on campus and to explore the possibilities of expanding the impact of dialogue to student organizations.

Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator Accepts Position with Community Wide Dialogue

Janet Dodd, a co-facilitator for the Intergroup Dialogue Program, was offered and accepted a position with Community Wide Dialogue (CWD), offered through Interfaith Works in Syracuse. Dodd will continue to work closely with the intergroup dialogue program at SU and CWD, the longest-running dialogue program on ending racism in the US. She is working on ways to create opportunities for intergroup dialogue students at CWD. For more information about Dodd, please visit her staff page at Interfaith Works.

Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator Honored with Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence

James Kenneth Duah-Agyeman, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the Division of Student Affairs and affectionately known as “Dr. D.”, was honored with the Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence award in April 2010. Dr. Duah-Agyeman is a co-facilitator for one of the intergroup dialogue courses. Amit Taneja, who nominated Agyeman for this honor, said of Dr. D., “As a visionary leader and role model, he has served as a mentor to several new professionals, including myself. In doing so, he has been successful in mentoring students and young professionals, especially those of us who identify as people of color.” Read more about Dr. D. in the Inside SU article about the 2010 Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence recipents.

SU to Participate in The National Collegiate Dialogue on Race Relations

Dr. Duah Agyeman, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and co-facilitator for intergroup dialogue, is a member of the advisory panel of the National Collegiate Dialogue on Race Relations. Multiple classes on the SU campus this academic year, 2010-2011, will provide students an opportunity to participate in this initiative along with students and faculty/staff at other institutions. The National Collegiate Dialogue seeks to engage students in a “sustained conversation about race relations in America” using online methods for forum discussions. If you’re interested in participating in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Duah Agyeman.

Syracuse University hosts the summer meeting of the Multiversity Intergroup Dialogue Research Project

This summer, from June 11 to June 14, Syracuse University hosted the summer meeting of the Multiversity Intergroup Dialogue Research Project. The Multiversity Project represents a research collaboration among nine institutions, including faculty, administrators, staff, and graduate students. Research collaborators from Arizona State University, Occidental College, University of California at San Diego, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and University of Washington – Seattle, joined the Syracuse University research project team for four days of working meetings and campus activities. Research linked to this project, on the SU campus, has been directed by Gretchen Lopez, assistant professor of Cultural Foundations of Education.

The summer meeting agenda included a campus reception and a breakfast with Chancellor Nancy Cantor. Patricia Gurin, the Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, and principal investigator of the Multiversity Project provided a summary of the preliminary research findings and the broader scope and significance of the collective research effort. This summer meeting marked the last phase of the externally funded (Ford Foundation and W. T. Grant Foundation) three-year period of longitudinal and multi-method data collection.

For a recent report, providing a summary of results to date, see Nagda, R.A., Gurin, P., Sorensen, N., & Zúñiga, X. (2009). Evaluating Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Diversity for Personal and Social Responsibility. AAC&U Diversity & Democracy: Civic Learning for Shared Futures.

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