Intergroup Dialogue

SOC 222 - Exploring Diversity Through Intergroup Dialogue

What is Intergroup Dialogue?

This course engages students, from one or more cultural identity groups, in facilitated dialogue about the similarities and differences of experiences that exist within a group and/or between and across groups.  The goal of intergroup dialogue is for students to develop comfort with, and skill in, discourse on difficult topics toward the end of fostering positive, meaningful, and sustained cross-group relationships.  The course syllabus learning outcomes states:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Examine diversity factors, in self and others, such as culture, ethnicity, race, class, gender, ability, religion, language, and sexual orientation
  2. Analyze and explain how specific cultural experiences influence how one develops cultural competencies, skills, and prejudicial attitudes and beliefs
  3. Apply and demonstrate knowledge of how to work effectively with those from diverse groups
  4. Develop and design a plan for students from mainstream groups and students from under-represented groups to gain cross-cultural knowledge, values, and competencies

Why Register for a Dialogue?

Dialogue is key to professional advancement.  Research is clear on the benefits of intergroup dialogue.  Students who successfully participate find employment more readily, are promoted quicker, have faster earning potential, and develop more advanced critical thinking skills.

How to Register for a Dialogue?

If you are interested in enrolling in this course,  contact the instructor, Dr. Jeffrey Carr, to complete the Add / Drop form to be delivered to the Records Office.  Dr. Carr's office is located on the third floor of the Nicholson Commons.  This is a Quad II one unit class for Spring 2017 that meets only on some Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:00 P.M. in Rohr Hall.  It is an elective course.