Oxy's Intergroup Dialogue Program provides students and faculty with unique opportunities to engage and apply diverse democracy—personally, critically, constructively, within and across groups, inside and outside of the classroom.
As a curricular initiative, Intergroup Dialogue Program (IDP) seeks to enhance students’ knowledge, understanding, and awareness about diversity and social justice while nurturing the development of constructive intergroup relations and leadership skills. In short, IDP seeks to provide diverse students with educational experiences that prepare them to participate in and foster an inclusive society.
Course work is designed to include an interdisciplinary blend of readings, respectful dialogue, experiential learning activities, and reflective writing. Courses focus on single as well as multiple social identities, are peer and/or faculty facilitated, and include practicum supervision and research opportunities. Course content is rooted in the social psychology of intergroup relations but draws selectively from communications and social justice educational processes.
Our newest initiative, Faculty Dialogues, in collaboration with the Dean of the College, seeks to nurture an informed, proactive, community of educators explicitly committed to developing inclusive group pedagogies (classroom discussions, laboratory partnerships, research teams, group projects). The program blends “identity-insight” and "individuality" approaches to intergroup relations, with a focus on classroom dynamics. It offers members of the broader Oxy community an additional venue through which to address important social divides concerning race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and class in an increasingly diverse world.
We hope that student organizations, campus leaders, faculty, and other campus communities will consider ways that Intergroup Dialogue can help increase our community's awareness and knowledge about identity and socially just intergroup relations. The transformative potential of Dialogue calls for sustained interaction and typically requires a semester long commitment of weekly or bi-weekly meetings.
- Director: Dr. Jaclyn Rodríguez Swan 337 (323) 259-2747 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Assistant Director: Kenjus Watson, M.Ed. Swan 332 (323)259-4687 email@example.com
- Social Psych Lab: Swan B203 (323)341-4887 firstname.lastname@example.org
- FAX: 323-341-4887