Voices of Discovery: Intergroup Dialogue at Miami

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Background 

The Center for American and World Cultures is teaming up with the Department of Psychology, Dr. Rodney Coates and the Black World Studies Program, Department of Global and Intercultural Studies, to pilot the undergraduate course this spring (2019) with up to five sections—each of which will admit 16 students and focus readings and facilitated dialogue around one of the following themes:
 
  • Race & Ethnicity (two sections) with a balanced number of students of color and white students;
  • Gender Equity (one section) with a balanced number reflecting the gendered roles of sexuality among students;
  • Religion, Spirituality, and Secular Worldviews (one section) with a balanced number of religious, spiritual, and secular students; and
  • Nationality (one section) with a balanced number of international and domestic students.

Each section will be co-facilitated by two trained senior/graduate studentsone from each of two identity groups represented. For example, in each of the two Race & Ethnicity sections there will be one senior/graduate student of color and one white student. For more information on the theory, practice, impact, and research on Intergroup Dialogue in higher education.

On Friday, October 26, we will host several information sessions for interested students, staff, and faculty featuring our consultant and facilitator trainer, Dr. Jesus Trevino. Dr. Trevino was involved in the training of intergroup dialogue facilitators at U of Arizona, University of Denver, Arizona State, and U of South Dakota under the brand “Voices of Discovery.” Intergroup dialogues on college campuses originated at University of Michigan 30+ years ago. The U of Arizona Voices of Discovery: Intergroup Dialogue program currently trains 500-600 undergraduate students every year in Intergroup Dialogue and is credited with moving the campus climate needle forward. For more on information on Dr. Trevino.

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attendone or more upcoming info session with Dr. Trevino (see schedule below).

 

Schedule of Events Friday, October 26, 2018

Psychology Faculty, Students and Staff Open Forum

Time: 10:00-10:45 AM | Location: 131 Psychology Building

Session Focus

  • What is Intergroup Dialogue (IGD)?
  • How Voices of Discovery (VOD) model of IGD has moved the campus climate needle at other universities
  • Senior/graduate student co-facilitator role & facilitator training
  • Spring 2019 IGD pilot courses
  • Note: Others may also attend

Faculty/Staff Open Forum

Time: 2:45-3:30 PM | Location: 212 MacMillan Hall

Session Focus

  • What is IGD?
  • How VOD has moved the campus climate needle on other campuses
  • How IGD/VOD can help bridge the global/domestic cultural divide, gender equity gap, color line, and faith line
  • Spring 2019 VOD: IGD pilot course
  • Note: Others may also attend

Student Open Forum

Time: 4:00-5:00 PM | Location: 212 MacMillian Hall

Student Info Session—VOD:IGD

  • Benefits and outcomes for undergrad student participants
  • Role of senior/graduate student facilitators, training, and benefits
  • Spring 2019 VOD:IGD pilot courses

 

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