Intergroup Dialogue

What is Intergroup Dialogue (IGR)?

IGR The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program. IGR blends theory and experiential learning to facilitate students' learning about social group identity, social inequality, and intergroup relations. The program prepares students to live and work in a diverse world and educates them in making choices that advance equity, justice, and peace. IGR was founded in 1988 and was the first program of its kind. IGR is a well-researched dialogic model with a host of studies demonstrating short-term and long-term benefits for those participating in intergroup dialogue, including learning about the perspectives of people from other social groups, valuing new viewpoints, understanding the impact of social group membership on identity, gaining increased awareness of social inequalities, and developing analytical problem-solving skills, leadership, and cultural awareness. Dialogues will be focused on an exploration of the identities, worldviews, and experiences that individuals bring with them into community, how these variables may impact their interactions with others, and their ability to be effective agents of change within their communities. The goal of this series is to create pathways that facilitate learning and understanding between groups.  True authentic dialogue is achieved through a process that allows for honest expression of experiences and attitudes, openness to the possibilities that can come as a result of conflict, and a spirit of generosity that acknowledges the messiness of this process.