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Diversity Education

Intergroup Dialogues

Intergroup Dialogues

Intergroup Dialogues are 2-credit courses carefully structured to explore social group identity, conflict, community, and justice. Students will engage in the analysis and understanding of issues of diversity and justice, as well as build practical skills to communicate across difference. Skills acquired through our course have multidisciplinary applications and are applicable in diverse work places and among diverse populations.

Our Spring 2012 Dialogues involve identity groups defined by race & ethnicity, religion & spirituality, and gender. Each identity group is represented in the dialogue by a balanced number of student participants from each group. Trained student facilitators, one from each represented identity group, coordinate a number of activities and orchestrate a diverse curriculum in an effort to encourage dialogue rather than debate.

Students examine and discuss reading materials that address issues and experiences relevant to the groups in the dialogue, in relation to both the University setting and general society. Facilitators and participants explore similarities and differences among and across groups, and strive toward building a multicultural and democratic community.

Available Dialogues for the Spring 2012 Semester include:

  • EDC 498: Intergroup Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity
  • EDC 498: Intergroup Dialogue on Religion & Spirituality
  • EDC 498: Intergroup Dialogue on Gender Identity

Why must I apply?

Intergroup Dialogue is enhanced by diverse voices; accordingly we encourage the inclusion of multiple identities and perspectives.  For example, a dialogue on Race & Ethnicity is typically comprised of distinct identity group including students of color, white students, and multi-racial students who also bring unique experiences regarding social class, religion, nationality, ability, and other ideologies.  A dialogue on Gender Identity is typically comprised of women, men, and transgender students who endorse a wide range of identities and positions. 

It is not our intention to suggest that members of the same identity group share the same perspective; rather it is our aim to encourage communication across a rich variety of differences while sharing some broad group memberships to enhances learning and dialogue. The placement form below helps us construct inclusive courses.

Is there an application deadline?

Students who submit a placement form by October 26, 2011 will be notified of their registration status in time for early registration on October 31, 2011. While course slots are limited, we will attempt to place as many students as possible. All are encouraged to apply.

Please note: Registration may continue as students finalize their schedules.  We will review applications through December 2011.

To Enroll in an Intergroup Dialogue: CLICK HERE 

For Questions & Additional Information, please contact Rebecca Morgan at rmorgan@clemson.edu

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