Academic Courses

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Flyer for IGD Fall 2020 Academic Course


Intergroup dialogue (IGD) is an innovative educational model that brings together students from diverse social identities in a small group, learning environment. Intergroup dialogue often involves members of groups with a history of conflict or limited opportunities to engage in deep and meaningful discussion of controversial, challenging, or divisive issues. The goals of intergroup dialogue include:

  • Understanding social identities and the role of social structures and institutions in creating and maintaining inequality
  • Developing intergroup and other communication skills
  • Planning and enacting collaboration

The Intergroup Dialogue Program offers a variety of academic courses including introductory level SOC 230, WGS 230, CFE 230, CRS 230 sections focused on multiple social issues such as race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, women’s lived experiences, faith and class based identities.

The courses are organized around multi-disciplinary readings (e.g., historical, sociological, psychological, and personal narratives), experiential learning activities, group projects, weekly writing and summative reflections. Students will analyze and learn about issues facing groups on campus, in higher education, and in broader society. The overall goal is to create a setting for students to engage in open and constructive dialogue concerning issues of intergroup relations, conflict, and community.

Each intergroup dialogue is led by a team of two trained/experienced facilitators who frame and initiate co-learning through asking questions, identifying key points, guiding group process, and providing overall curricular structure for dialogue. This learning process generally builds trust; explores differences, common ground, and intersections; and leads to open discussion of issues that affect this community. Students learn about alliances and how to work together respectfully and creatively in teams that encompass, acknowledge, and embrace difference.

These courses meet the Critical Reflections requirement for the College of Arts and Sciences, and students across all SU colleges/majors are invited to join this important educational experience.

Class sizes are limited to approximately 10 to 18 students. To register, the first step is for students to submit an online placement form through the Intergroup Dialogue website; it takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. Once the form has been reviewed by the IGD Program, usually within a day or two, students are notified about placement in a course/section and at that point, receive permission to register for SOC 230, WGS 230, CFE 230, & CRS 230 Intergroup Dialogue.

For Fall 2020, the program is offering Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity (3 credits) which will meet on Mondays fro 3:45 to 6:30 pm at 113 Euclid Avenue, First Floor.

Questions? Visit our FAQ page or contact Robin Higgins, program coordinator, at or 315.443.9585.

For more information about our facilitation team, visit Our Team.

Interested in a graduate course focused on Intergroup Dialogue as Social Justice Education?

SPRING 2020 Inequality and Intergroup Relations in Education

CFE 640 3 credits
Tuesday 12:30-3:15 pm

In Spring 2020, the graduate-level course will be offered again by the faculty director of the Intergroup Dialogue Program, Gretchen Lopez, PhD. This course examines theory, research, and practice important for intergroup relations in education, within the context of racial, ethnic, class based and intersecting inequalities in broader U.S. society. The course covers the critical pedagogy of intergroup dialogue courses, as a form/praxis of social justice education, and serves as one step in the preparation of graduate student (Masters and Doctoral) co-facilitators for the IGD program’s curricular, co-curricular, and community offerings.

For questions about facilitating intergroup dialogue, contact Gretchen Lopez, PhD:

To learn more about graduate programs and courses in the interdisciplinary Department of Cultural Foundations of Education, visit the department’s website.