We serve as an interdisciplinary focal point for the study of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, religious difference, and abilities both here and abroad, today, and in the past. Our courses, which range from classes that delve into the meanings of prejudice and discrimination to a class that prepares you for your international study abroad experiences, and our rich selection of programming, provide many opportunities to explore and experience the world and prepare you for the challenges that await you. Please join us on the exhilarating journey as we explore people, places, and personal and global issues.

The Center for American & World Cultures helps champion the expansion of Intergroup Dialogue at Miami
in partnership with the President's Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. #BeTheChangeMiami

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Intergroup Dialogue: Student Perspectives

Voices of Discovery

CAWC Initiatives help students...

 Tone McKoy headshotHave conversations about difficult topics.

"When you don’t [have conversations about difficult topics], you start to believe that they’re solved or that they’re over with. I think it’s important to keep having these conversations so that we know where we’re at as a society."–Tone McKoy

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 Grow personally and professionally.

"It was a pleasure to be able to co-facilitate a Voices intergroup dialogue this semester, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Voices program students and staff. I truly believe that the dialogue program will be a catalyst for so much change at Miami and beyond, and am so excited for the future of the program and the results it will produce."–Kirby Heltman

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 Understand how similar we are in our quest for love, comfort, and independence.

"The opportunities that I’ve experienced as a part of the Global Readiness Certificate have shaped the growth that I’ve experienced the past four years. I have achieved a more holistic and compassionate outlook on the world through travelling and globally minded classes."”–Grace Sonderman

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Natalee Price headshotEngage in healthy conversation.

"It's critical that we figure out ways to engage in healthy conversation with one another, even when topics sometimes make us reflect on challenging issues or feel uncomfortable. When we avoid difficult dialogues, we miss out on wonderful opportunities for growth and learning, for collaborating with and deeply understanding those who are different from us in some way. Engaging in healthy dialogue will likely be of physical and mental health benefit and ultimately contribute to a more sustainable society.”–Natalee Price

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Pankhuri Aggarawal headshotHave conversations with individuals from different backgrounds.

“This is a more practical application of how do you engage with individuals, how do you facilitate that conversation with individuals from different backgrounds, not just research about it theoretically, not just read about it because it’s easy to come to those conclusions when you read about it, but until you actually have a face-to-face conversation and learn what are these skills that are required.”–Pankhuri Aggarawal

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Alejandro Trujillo headshotWhen having conversations with people from other identities than their own.

“I think it’s really important because more and more, we’re seeing that students have this growing interest in how do I be more discerning and more careful with other identities, how do I better speak to minorities and to women and to people with different immigration status, things like that, which is a wonderful thing, but at the same time, I think the scary thing that a lot of students face is that they want to be a part of that conversation, but I don’t have the words and I don’t want to be offensive.”–Alejandro Trujillo

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