Intergroup Dialogue is a constitutive element of the university’s effort to advance leadership development under the administrative charge of the UNF Taylor Leadership Institute. As it was initially developed at the University of Michigan some years ago, Intergroup Dialogue has been applied to conflicts around topics of race and ethnic nationality, sexual orientation, religion, and culture. Themes within the Intergroup Dialogue process have historically included social identity development, prejudice and stereotyping and their effects on groups, the dynamics of difference and power and their impact on the nature of social oppression and/or the positive advancement of equity, civility, and justice in the world, and the development of basic group facilitation skills and their applications in multicultural settings.
Intergroup Dialogue is an innovative practice in the classroom that promotes student engagement across cultural and social divides, fostering learning about social diversity and inequalities and cultivating an ethos of social responsibility. This approach to diversity education on college and university campuses responds to a growing need for educational practices that prepares students to live, work, and lead in a complex, diverse, and stratified society (Banks, 2002; Chesler, Lewis, and Crowfoot, 2005; Guarasci and Cornwell, 1997; Gurin, 1999; hooks, 1994; Hurtado, Milem, Clayton-Pedersen, and Allen, 1999; Sleeter and McLaren, 1995; Stephan and Stephan, 2001; Schoem, Frankel, Zúñiga, and Lewis, 1993; Tatum, 1997).