and Goals of Intergroup Dialogue
are face-to-face meetings of people from different social identity groups. They
are designed to offer an open and inclusive space where participants can foster
a deeper understanding of diversity and justice issues through participation in
experiential activities, individual and small group reflections, and dialogues.
The intergroup nature of dialogue emphasizes open communication on justice
issues, such as social group membership, identity, and positionality vis-á-vis
structural and societal power relations.
In intergroup dialogues, therefore,
participants share personal experiences, exchange information about each others
cultures, and examine both personal and cultural narratives in the context of
systems of oppression and privilege. They reflect on relevant issues, work with
differences and conflicts, and identify socially just actions they can take individually
and in alliance with others.
- To develop a capacity
for dialogue -- deep listening, suspending judgments, identifying assumptions,
reflecting, and inquiring
- To reflect upon and learn about self
and others as members of a social group(s) in the context of systems of privilege
- To explore the similarities and differences in
experiences across social group memberships
- To gain knowledge
and understanding of the dynamics of difference and dominance at the personal
and political levels
- To develop skills to work with differences,
disagreements, and conflicts as opportunities for deeper understanding and transformation
To identify individual and collective actions for interrupting injustices and
building alliances to promote greater social justice.