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Intergroup Dialogue (IGD)

Intergroup dialogue is an educational model that brings together community members from diverse social identities in a cooperative, small-group learning environment.
Students speaking with one another in a small group

Colgate Conversations

Colgate Conversations have come in the form of weekly brownbag discussions, peer-driven and student leadership workshops, full-day symposiums, and staff/faculty-led Orientation presentations. They all use an intergroup dialogue (IGD) approach to encourage individuals to explore the complexities of social identities (religion, race/ethnicity, gender, class, etc) to improve communication and relationships between individuals from different social backgrounds. Through experiential learning opportunities, Colgate Conversations fosters an understanding of how individual perspectives are rooted in systems of power and privilege and provides an opportunity for community members to work together across difference toward purposeful social change.

How to Get Involved

Intergroup dialogue often involves members of groups with a history of conflict or limited opportunities to engage in deep and meaningful discussion of controversial, challenging, or divisive issues.

Look for the "Colgate Conversations" name, in the form of weekly brownbag discussions, peer-driven and student leadership workshops, and staff/faculty-led Orientation presentations. They all use an IGD approach to encourage individuals to explore the complexities of social identities (religion, race/ethnicity, gender, class, etc) to improve communication and relationships between individuals from different social backgrounds. Through experiential learning opportunities, Colgate Conversations fosters an understanding of how individual perspectives are rooted in systems of power and privilege and provides an opportunity for community members to work together across difference toward purposeful social change.
Contact us: igd@colgate.edu
Attend a training (faculty and staff)
Every Spring semester the Office of Equity and Diversity, Dean of the College, Dean of Faculty and ALANA Cultural Center have collaborated on 2-day IGD experiential workshops. 
Attend "Colgate Conversations" events
Denise Larson '19 explored how attending IGD-based brown bag events impacted her perspective, and why it is something every student should experience, in the Odyssey Online: A Lesson in Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable 

A schedule of this semester's Colgate Conversations brownbag events is in the works. Past topics have been facilitated by faculty, staff and students on topics such as:
  • "Ohmigod I'm White," presented by Allie Fry and Christelle Boursiquot '15
  • "Seeing is Believing? Hidden Disabilities at Colgate," presented by Ashley Taylor
  • "Interrupting Islamophobia," presented by Esther Rosbrook and Aisha Musa
  • "Restorative Justice, a Dialogue on the Interconnectedness of Wrongdoing," presented by Tamala Flack
  • "Moving from Dialogue to Action to Change Campus Climate" presented by khristian kemp-delisser
Enroll in an IGD course
Colgate faculty are incorporating IGD methodologies into curricular courses. Interested students may contact faculty members directly to express interest in joining a course. Faculty members will manage course enrollment to ensure representation of diverse groups of participants, in line with IGD pedagogy. Past courses can be found here
Earn hours toward physical education credit through IGD programming
The PHED Passport Program allows students to attend a variety of classes, workshops, and events — including IGD-based "Colgate Conversations" — encompassing the eight dimensions of wellness to earn PHED credit.
Find books, articles, films, and related links
Faculty in the Colgate libraries have compiled key educational and informational resources related to the themes and theories of intergroup dialogue. EXPLORE LIBRARY RESOURCES


Additional Resources

IGD ’Zine
IGD ’Zine
The IGD-based course Immigrant and Sexual Cultures produced a ’Zine about the intergroup dialogue process and impact. READ ’ZINE
Student Experience
Student Experience
Denise Larson ’19 shared how the IGD-based brown bag series helped her get comfortable with being uncomfortable. READ STORY
Library Collection
Library Collection
Colgate's libraries have assembled educational resources to encourage learning about intergroup dialogue and intergroup relations. LIBRARY RESOURCES Library Collection