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2021 Intergroup Dialogue News

Applications to Participate in Fall 2021 Intergroup Dialogues will open the first day of classes. Dialogues will be hosted mid-September through mid-November. For any questions, please email dialogue@american.edu.

Intergroup Dialogue

Intergroup Dialogue is a seven-week program that provides a unique learning opportunity for AU students to engage on a range of identity topics including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, class, sexuality, and faith. Housed in the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, dialogues are intergroup, gathering people from multiple backgrounds and identities for sustained, ongoing dialogue for two hours each week. Each semester, new topics are explored.

Goals of Intergroup Dialogue

  • Engage across difference of perspective and identity
  • Foster intergroup community through a diversity of identities
  • Explore personal experience and societal issues
  • Provide tools for navigating difference on and off campus

"There's a Dialogue for You!"

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Learn more about the Center for Diversity and Inclusion's Intergroup Dialogue in this video. 

Intergroup Dialogue Topics

Intergroup Dialogue topics change every semester, based on campus issues, student interest, pop culture, and local and global news.

Spring 2021 Topics

 

Race, Beauty, & Representation in Media (Mondays 6-7:30 p.m. ET)

Topics may include: Racism, colorism, fatphobia, and other exclusionary forces in beauty standards and media representation and how that influenced our own experiences with beauty and seeing ourselves in media. We will explore how to navigate these issues and ways we can move forward.  

Race, Gender, & Policing (Tuesdays 6-7:30 p.m. ET)

Topics may include: Who or what do police serve? Who is impacted by policing? Who else polices in addition to police officers? How does policing show in other social issues?

Capitalism & Identity (Wednesdays 6-7:30 p.m. ET)

Topics Include: What is capitalism? How does capitalism inform our experiences and identities? How does capitalism show in our everyday lives and in various social justice issues?

Immigration & Nationality (Wednesdays 6-7:30 p.m. ET)

Topics may include: Sharing your experience as an immigrant, international student, or ally to explore issues of culture, immigration, and nationality, and building coalitions across citizen statuses. 

Intersectional Feminism (Thursdays 6-7:30 p.m. ET)

Topics may include: Sexism, racism, misogyny, misogynoir, transmisogyny, and more. What others forms of feminism exist and who benefits or gets left out? How do we show up for gender and racial justice?

Fall 2020 Topics

Student of Color Solidarity Affinity Group (Mondays 6-7:30 p.m.)

Topics may include emotional safety and your experience of AU and the (inter)national climate/ What is the climate like for you as a student of color at AU? What does emotional safety on campus mean to you? How can students of color support one another, across races for inclusion on campus? This is an intragroup dialogue for those who identify as students of color.

Immigration & Nationality (Mondays 6-7:30 p.m.)

Topics may include sharing your experience as an ally, an immigrant, or an international student to explore issues of culture, immigration, and nationality, and building coalitions across citizen statuses.

Race in Pop Culture (Tuesdays 6-7:30 p.m.)

Topics Include: Racism in the media and popular culture including: black fishing, cultural appropriation, cancel culture, the election, and more. We will explore how to navigate these issues and ways we can move forward. 

Environmental Justice (Thursdays 6-7:30 p.m.)

Topics may include how race, class, and privilege impacts the impact our experience of climate change, activism and history, and indigenous rights. What are the different ways that you interact with the environment? What are your thoughts and experiences with regard to environmental racism in DC?

Queer & Trans People of Color Affinity Group (Fridays 12-1:30 p.m.)

Topics may include coming out, queer and trans issues on and off campus, family dynamics, culture, and representation. This is an intragroup dialogue for those who identify as queer/trans people of color.

Ways to Engage

Participate

Applications to participate in Intergroup Dialogue for Fall 2021 will open August 2021 on the first day of classes. Sign up for CDI's digital newsletter to recieve updates on Intergroup Dialogue.

Facilitate

Gain skills facilitating identity-based conversations. Intergroup Dialogue is a seven-week program where students meet for two hours each week to explore societal issues, engage across difference, and gain tools for navigating difference on and off campus.

Applications to be an Intergroup Dialogue Faciliator for Fall 2021 have closed. Applications to be an Intergroup Dialogue facilitator for Spring 2022 will open mid-October. Facilitator positions are $16/hour | 6 hours/week.

For questions, please contact Dominique Overman at dialogue@american.edu.

Faculty Involvement

Faculty can support Intergroup Dialogue by:

  • Promoting participant and facilitator applications to your students.
  • Offering course credit for your students' participation in Intergroup Dialogue.
  • Serving as an Intergroup Dialogue faculty advisor. Advisors meet with facilitators weekly (electronically and/or in-person) during the seven-week program to help them process and plan their sessions.

Email dialogue@american.edu to be added to the Intergroup Dialogue faculty supporter list to receive information about any of the above.

Intergroup Dialogue Facts

61 percent of dialogue registrants were first year undergraduate students during Spring 2019 dialogues

62% of dialogue participants participate in dialogue for academic credit

275 students registered for Intergroup Dialogue during the 2018-19 academic year