Intergroup Dialogue, Education and Action (IDEA) Center
 
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Past, Present and Future

Fall 1996…

  • Funding from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Millennium Project helped us to pioneer the integration of intergroup dialogues into social work practitioner education.

Fall 1997…

  • Funding from the University of Washington Office of the Provost's "Cultural & Ethnic Diversity Initiative," and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's "Pluralism and Unity Project," helped in institutionalizing both the intergroup dialogues and the facilitator training components in the undergraduate social work program.

Fall 1999…

  • Funding from the University of Washington University Initiatives Fund (UIF) and the Tools for Transformation (TfT) fund enabled us to:
  • integrate intergroup dialogues into the Masters of Social Work (MSW) foundation course
  • formalize a Center for intergroup dialogue and social justice education for the University of Washington and the larger community

Fall 2002…

  • Formally offer an intergroup dialogue-based course on “Social Work for Social Justice—Developing a Personal-Professional Stance” in the new MSW curriculum
  • Continue to expand intergroup dialogue work on the University of Washington campus
  • Forge partnerships with local, national and international agencies and organizations working on social justice and peace-building efforts
  • Continue to develop and disseminate curricula and scholarship on intergroup dialogues through conferences and publications

Winter 2005…

  • Developed formal partnership with the Desmond Tutu Peace Center, Cape Town, South Africa. Intergroup dialogue pedagogy integrated into the Desmond Tutu Emerging Leadership Programs for Youth operating in S. Africa, Kenya and Norway.

Fall 2005…

  • Launched a 10-university intergroup dialogue research and evaluation project. Participating institutions include Arizona State University, Occidental College, Syracuse University, and the Universities of California (San Diego), Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Maryland (College Park), Massachusetts (Amherst), Michigan (Ann Arbor), Texas (Austin), and Washington(Seattle). Funded by W. T. Grant Foundation and Ford Foundation.
  • Partnered with Hate Free Zone of Washington to develop and publish an educational curriculum, “ Justice & Democracy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Aftermath of September 11, 2001 ,” for use in secondary schools, universities and colleges.

Spring 2006…

  • Recognized with the University of Washington 2006 Brotman Award for Instructional Excellence. The Award honored IDEA Center’s demonstrated effectiveness for outstanding collaborative achievements in teaching and fotering excellent learning.
  • Hosted the national Multiversity Intergroup Dialogue Research Consortium Meeting in Seattle, July 2006. Provost Phyllis Wise and Vice Provost Sheila Edwards Lange addressed colleagues from University of Washington and collaborating campuses at a reception.

Fall 2007…

  • Offered Exploration Seminar in Cape Town, South Africa: “A Decade Later: Truth, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in the New South Africa.”
  • Developed partnership with the Global Development for Peace and Leadership, Cape Town, South Africa. Intergroup dialogue pedagogy integrated into the youth leadership curriculum.
  • Partnered with Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, to pilot intergroup dialogues.