Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a credit-bearing academic course for undergraduate students to explore personal and social identities across differences through a sustained dialogue experience.
Due to departmental transition, Intergroup Dialogue will not be offered in the 2019-2020 academic school year. We look forward to bringing it back in 2020-2021. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
In the course, students navigate difficult conversations about social power, oppression and systemic injustice as it relates to identity. The purpose of IGD is to facilitate dialogue across differences to deepen understanding of social issues.
The IGD curriculum integrates content and process to support students in unpacking their various identities. Undergraduates from a diverse background come together to form the IGD cohort. Students are placed into the following sections focusing on specific identities:
Students explore internalized, systemic and institutional forms of racism in relation to identity and social justice. Students will challenge their own notions of stereotypes and the socialization of racial micro-aggressions.
Students navigate social power as it relates to their own class/socioeconomic status. Students also discuss their experiences with class as it interacts with the culture of WashU.
About the Program
How do I enroll in Intergroup Dialogue?
Students self-select to enroll in IGD and must complete an online application to be considered. Administrators will place students in the course on Webstac.
When will I find out my dialogue topic placement?
Students will be notified of their placement by the end of the fall semester.
Am I guaranteed placement in my first dialogue topic choice?
No. We do consider student preferences indicated on their application; however, we cannot guarantee this is the topic they will be placed in.
Are there any textbooks required for this course?
No. All readings materials for class will be available via Blackboard.
How is the course graded?
Grading is based on attendance and participation, journal reflections, a midterm and final paper.
How many students are in each dialogue cohort?
Although enrollment may vary, each dialogue typically has between 10 and 15 students.
What is the time commitment for facilitators?
Facilitators can anticipate 5-8 hours a week to meet with each other for curriculum planning, debriefs and administrative check-ins.
I have more questions about IGD; who should I contact?
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Graduate students will be paired together to co-facilitate the dialogues. Co-facilitators are responsible for attending a rigorous training on IGD and facilitation, organizing weekly structured activities, and hosting weekly office hours for students.