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Intergroup Dialogue

Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) was first developed at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and is a very popular programme on US college campuses. IGD will encourage student participants to explore singular and intersecting aspects of their identities, while critically examining dynamics of power, privilege, and inequity in society, as well as building skills for commitment to social justice and action. This methodology blends theory and experiential learning and includes personal story-sharing, reflection activities, and dialogue across difference.

Here are some concrete ways in which IGD can benefit Yale-NUS students:

  • Activate lifelong professional and personal development for global engagement
  • Equip students with important tools to exchange opinions and feelings in a respectful manner and resolve conflict through effective communication
  • Create social awareness about power and privilege not only in Singapore but across the globe through honest and open personal sharing
  • Model conversations about individual experiences relating to social and political identities
  • Cultivate a socially responsible community through vulnerable and reflective personal sharing

Dialogue Topic for Semester II, AY 2016-2017:

The dialogue topics for next semester will be chosen based on student interest. We are considering an IGD on (i) Socioeconomic Status or (ii) Gender Identity.

Fill out the Interest Form by Tuesday, January 24.

If you have further questions, please email nilanjana.pal@yale-nus.edu.sg.

 

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Intergroup Dialogue is a face-to-face, curriculum-based, and facilitated conversation between members of different social identity groups, to encourage student participants to explore singular and intersecting aspects of their identities while critically examining dynamics of power, privilege, diversity and inequity in society, as well as building skills for commitment to social responsibility and action. The methodology, which blends theory and experiential learning and includes personal story-sharing, reflection activities, and dialogue across difference, was first developed at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and has been widely researched and adopted by many college campuses in the US and across the globe.

Many US liberal arts colleges, having a multicultural student body, are committed to exploring various aspects of diversity and identity. However, in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogue: Bridging Difference, Catalyzing Change, Biren A. Nagda et al. note that this focus on diversity often tends to be limited to the classroom: “the structural and curricular diversity simultaneously supports and challenges intergroup relations on campus…[there is an] intellectual interest in diversity that might be theoretically or passively consumed rather than authentically practiced as part of the educational process.” Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) aims to bridge this gap by bringing together students who are willing to engage in interpersonal risk to transform intergroup relationships on campus.

IGD is normally structured as an intensive 8-13 week course for up to 15 participants and consists of: small group and large group facilitated discussions on one identity; personal sharing; readings; journaling; and one on one sessions with facilitators. That said, learning in inter-group dialogue mainly happens through personal sharing, and growth in self-awareness.