Intergroup Dialogue

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 group discussion between Miami staff, faculty, and students; smiles; sitting in circle
group discussion between Miami staff, faculty, and students; smiles; sitting in circle group discussion between Miami staff, faculty, and students; smiles; sitting in circle

About this Initiative

CAWC is thrilled to launch Voices of Discovery at Miami as a first step in embedding the theory and practice of Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) campus-wide. IGI initiatives like Voices bring together students from different social identity groups in a sustained and facilitated learning environment. As an educational method, IGD engages students to explore issues of diversity and inequality and their personal and social responsibility for building a more inclusive society. Dialogue is a collaborative communication process that engages students in self/other exchanges that explore free speech and illuminate intellectual and experiential similarities and differences. IGD theory and practice was developed for use in higher education by University of Michigan's Program on Intergroup Dialogue and is supported by 30+ years of research.

Overview

The CAWC and its campus partners will pilot two versions of Intergroup Dialogue for students in the spring 2019 semester under the Voices brand:

  • Voices of Discovery: a 3-credit, 8-week, sprint course featuring sixteen two-hour dialogue sessions, assigned readings, and an intergroup action project.
  • Intro to Voices: a free, 8-week, faculty-sponsored, dialogue-focused version of Voices of Discovery featuring eight 2-hour dialogue sessions. This short version of Voices is only available to students who will receive course credit by a professor in another course for their participation.

Both versions of Voices are based on Intergroup Dialogue theory and practice developed by University of Michigan's Program on Intergroup Dialogue–and supported by 30+ years of research. Voices, like other forms of Intergroup Dialogue, involves participants in sustained, facilitated dialogue across social identities. Voices has been successful in moving the needle in terms of a more positive campus climate at University of Arizona, University of Denver, Arizona State, and University of South Dakota.

Dialogue Topics

All Miami Voices dialogues (for-credit and faculty-sponsored) cover a wide breadth of social identities, power, privilege, and action strategies for a more just and inclusive campus and society. Each section also features dialogue on current events related to one of four dialogue topics or themes:

  • Gender identity
  • International and US identity
  • Racial identity
  • Religious/spiritual/secular identity.

Dialogue participants select their preferred dialogue theme. All students who complete a Voices dialogue course (for credit or faculty-sponsored) will receive a certificate of completion and a suggested resume entry. All Voices section dialogues will be co-facilitated by two graduate students–each representing a different theme identity group of their dialogue section.

Campus Partners

The Center's Campus Partners for the Voices initiative include: Black World Studies, Global Intercultural Studies, Justice & Community Studies, META Collective, Office of Diversity Affairs, Psychology, and Residence Life.

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