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

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.

Students speaking with one another in a small group

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

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. 

2018's Experience will take place on May 23-24. 

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 former Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives khristian kemp-delisser

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

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.

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