About Our Program

 

The Intergroup Dialogue Program at Syracuse University is deeply involved in the nexus of theory, research, and practice important for intergroup dialogue. Faculty, teaching, and research staff are familiar with and active in various expressions of social justice education. Collectively and individually, we are committed to research that develops an understanding of critical learning processes and change through education.

Intergroup dialogue academic courses (SOC/WGS 230, CFE 200) were first developed as part of Syracuse University’s participation in the Multi-University Intergroup Dialogue Research Project. The project brought faculty, program staff, and graduate students together to develop best practices in intergroup dialogue, including the development and implementation of a shared curriculum. At the center of this collaboration is a research study that examines the educational benefits of student learning through intergroup dialogue.

Our current program offerings extend from this development base, and include sections on intergroup dialogue that focus on race and ethnicity; gender; sexual orientation; women’s experiences, social identities, and intersections. The program’s newest offerings include an interfaith dialogue and dialogue on sexuality and gender. The program now also offers an advanced dialogue course focused on community organizing as collaborative leadership.

For more information about the team developing, co-facilitating, and supporting academic courses including faculty, staff, and associated colleagues from across the university, visit Our Team (including Team Member Bios) and see our list of university partners.

If you’re interested in additional program activities, including the high school institute, or more opportunities to be engaged in dialogue-related initiatives on campus and in local community, visit the engagement page.

For more information about the program, contact Robin Higgins, our program coordinator (rjhiggin@syr.edu).