University of Vermont

Center for Student Ethics & Standards

Intergroup Dialogue Program

The reality today is that we are all interdependent and have to co-exist on this small planet. Therefore, the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and clashes of interests, whether between individuals or nations, is through dialogue.” (The Dalai Lama).

The Intergroup Dialogue Program invites students to explore the value of discourse in seeking a mutually defined common understanding in the midst of conflict. Specifically, students are encouraged to explore the impact of their own identity socialization as it relates to barriers in communication and cross-group relationships. The Intergroup Dialogue Program is a credit-bearing course that partially fulfills the UVM academic diversity requirements.

Intergroup Dialogue Course

EDHI 297 B: Training in Intergroup Dialogue

The Intergroup Dialogue class is a one-credit course that explores the intersection of identities including race, ethnicity, gender, religion, social class, and sexual orientation. The class allows students to learn about various social identities as well as build knowledge to engage in dialogue with others regarding identity.

IDP Goals for students:

  • Develop and practice skills to participate in dialogue around issues of social identity
  • Develop an increased awareness and understanding of yourself as a member and individual of social groups
  • Explore commonalities and differences across and within social identity groups
  • Identify actions that build bridges between identity groups and contribute toward the creation of socially just communities

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