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2021 Intergroup Dialogue News

Apply to Participate in Fall 2021 Intergroup Dialogues by 9/24/2021 at 11:59 PM ET. Dialogues will be hosted for 7 weeks starting the week of October 4th - November 19th. 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.

Fall 2021 Topics

 

Graduate Student Dialogue on Intersectionality (Mondays 6-8 p.m. ET Virtually on Zoom)

How do our identities- such as race, gender, sexuality, class, nationality, and faith- overlap, intersect, and compound? How do our unique combinations of oppressed and privileged identities influence how we navigate and experience our lives, continued studies, careers, and more? This dialogue is open to graduate level AU students. *please note that while the graduate student dialogue is exclusively for graduate students, graduate students are welcome to be part of any dialogue topic. 

Beauty, Trends, Fashion, & Racism (Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. ET in MGC 328)

How does race and racism influence our personal experiences and understandings of beauty, race, trends, and fashion? Topics may include: cultural appropriation, beauty standards, media representations, fast fashion, and more. 

Immigraton & Nationality (Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. ET Virtually on Zoom)

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

Antisemitism & Islamophobia (Wednesdays 6:15-8:15 p.m. ET in MGC 328)

Topics may include: Reflecting on and identifying the many ways in which Islamophobia and Antisemitism show up, issues facing Jewish and Muslim students, understanding needs on and off-campus, and more. How can we as individuals and as a community combat and interrupt anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim sentiments, ideas, and actions?

LGBTQ Affinity Group on Race  (Thursdays 6-8 p.m. ET in MGC 328)

How do our sexuality, gender, and racial identities influence how we navigate our lives, find community, and understand ourselves? Topics may include: coming out, antiracism, issues facing queer and trans students on and off-campus, family dynamics, how our experiences as LGBTQ people differ based on race, and more. This dialogue is open to members of the LGBTQ community of all racial identities. 

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?

Ways to Engage

Participate

Applications to participate in Intergroup Dialogue for Fall 2021 are open and due on 9/24/2021. 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 if there an opening were to occur. Facilitator positions are $16/hour | 6 hours/week.

For questions, please email 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