3 credits. Letter grades only (no audit).
J.G. Garner, A.G. Keinan.
Intergroup dialogue is a form of communication specifically designed for people to engage with one another across social, cultural, and power differences in a critical and meaningful way. This class prepares students to live and work in a diverse world, and educates them in making choices that advance equity. Its main objectives are to: explore our human capacity and need to connect with ourselves and others; increase understanding of personal and social identities and how they inform our lives; explore the effects of social inequity at personal, interpersonal, and structural levels (including the ways in which it disrupts human connection); develop students’ skills to communicate, work, and lead effectively across difference; and strengthen individual and collective capacities to strategize for change on campus and beyond.
Cultivate authentic and meaningful interpersonal connections across difference.
Describe your own personal experience of multiple social identities.
Articulate connections between individuals’ experiences of social identity and societal systems of power, privilege, and oppression.
Use dialogue practices in communicating with others.
Meaningfully engage with a range of perspectives on issues related to societal systems of power, privilege, and oppression.
Identify actions and opportunities for ameliorating inequities connected to social identity.