Voices Intergroup Dialogue

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What is Intergroup Dialogue?

Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a model of peer learning that involves semi-structured face-to-face meetings across social identity groups, discussion of relevant reading material, and exploration of group experiences in social and institutional contexts. The goal is to create a setting in which participants engage in open and constructive dialogue and explore issues of intergroup relations, intellectual diversity, free speech, conflict, and community. In the process, participants learn about themselves and peers with different social identities while gaining valuable skills in cross-cultural communication and team-building.

How can it help?

New knowledge, awareness, mindsets, and active listening skills acquired through the practice of IGD serve to help individuals communicate better at school, in the classroom, and on the job.

How to Register (for Miami Students)

Option 1: IDS 253 (3 credits) Voices of Discovery: Intergroup Dialogue

Spring 2020 (CRN #: 86703): Meets Wednesday evenings during Q Sprint Term, 4:25 to 7:35 pm.

Option 2: Intro to Voices Co-Curricular Program

Intro to Voices (ITV) is a free, 8-week co-curricular version of Voices of Discovery. Only students in courses sponsored by a faculty member offering credit for completion of ITV are eligible.

ITV features:

  • Two hours of co-facilitated, peer dialogue once per week for 8 weeks during the W sprint term (last 8 weeks of the semester). Students choose Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00pm;
  • Short reading assignments; and
  • Credit awarded for successful completion of ITV via a sponsoring course.
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Miami students in a faculty-sponsored course may register for ITV.

How to Sponsor a Course (for Faculty)

All Miami faculty members are eligible to embed the co-curricular version of Miami’s Intergroup Dialogue program, Intro to Voices (ITV), into their 2019-20 course/s (graduate and undergraduate). The Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) offers ITV at no cost to faculty or students.

Complete 3 simple steps to register your course!

1. Offer

Decide what course credit/points you will offer students if they successfully complete ITV.

Examples include:

  • Credit in lieu of an exam
  • Credit in lieu of a group project
  • Credit in lieu of a community engagement project
  • Credit in lieu of certain assigned readings
  • Credit in lieu of required event attendance
  • Credit via independent study
  • Some other point/course credit (excluding “Extra Credit”)

2. Enroll

Enter your name and course details by Sunday, January 5, 2020.

The CAWC will prepare an editable draft description of the ITV Program tailored for your students including how they will earn credit in your course upon successful completion.

3. Promote

Insert the tailored ITV Program Description into your syllabus.

CAWC will make one classroom visit during the first two weeks of class. In class CAWC will promote the program, answer questions, and share fliers with program details.

Important Dates and Notes:

  • ITV student registration deadline: February 10, 2020 (2/16/20 for Q sprint).
  • ITV runs the last 8 weeks of the semester, 6-8 pm (students choose M, T, or W).
  • CAWC takes attendance and reports it to you weekly.
  • CAWC provides you with the names of your students who successfully complete ITV and you award credit.
  • Your students receive suggested resume entry for ITV and a “Certificate of Completion” from CAWC.
  • Assessment of the Spring 2019 ITV pilot yielded strong positive results.
  • Learn more about Intergroup Dialogue theory and practice in higher education.

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Campus Partners

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