Voices of Discovery: Dialogue Across Difference

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What is Intergroup Dialogue?

Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is an academic initiative for leveraging diversity as an institutional resource and an evidence-based strategy for moving the campus climate needle. Based on a theoretical model developed and researched for over 30 years by University of Michigan and a cohort of peer institutions, IGD brings together participants from different social identity groups in a sustained and facilitated learning environment. Through sustained dialogue with diverse peers that integrates content learning and experiential knowledge, IGD encourages participants to be intellectually challenged and emotionally engaged. These facilitated relationships influence participants' understanding of their own and others' experiences in society and cultivate individual allyship and collective agency to effect social change.

With respect to IGD for students, there is an increasing number of student IGD programs nationwide. Therefore, IGD represents an opportunity to assess the value of a diversity education effort across institutions.

Miami’s Voices of Discovery is an intergroup dialogue program piloted by Global Initiatives in Spring of 2019 and assessed by Miami’s Discovery Center. When combining the last 3 semesters of student survey data, Voices students reported gains consistent with those of University of Michigan’s peer cohort in many significant measures. Voices students reported larger positive changes in communicating with people from other groups, confidence levels of taking self- and other-directed actions, confidence levels of intergroup collaboration, anticipated post-college involvement in redressing inequalities, involvement in social justice activities at Miami, and skills in dealing with conflict.

How can it help?

New knowledge, awareness, mindsets, and active listening skills acquired through the practice of IGD serve to help individuals communicate better at school, in the classroom, and on the job.


Miami University Intergroup Dialogue initiative

Intergroup Dialogue at Miami University - Student Perspectives

International/Domestic Student Gap

Voices of Discovery


How to Register (for Miami Students)

IDS 253 (3 credits) Voices of Discovery: Intergroup Dialogue

Spring 2023: Meets face-to-face

  • Oxford: CRN 89031, 89032, 91068

How to Embed Intergroup Dialogue into your Course (for Faculty)

Faculty may be eligible to embed intergroup dialogue into an existing course as an alternative to an exam, in lieu of a paper, or a substitute for some other substantial component (not for extra credit). Faculty may also embed intergroup dialogue by adding an addition credit (+1) to a course. To find out more, please contact Tarah Trueblood at ttrueblood@miamioh.edu.

Learn about the ChangeMakers Program for faculty and staff

Learn more about Intergroup Dialogue theory and practice in higher education.

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IMPACT Miami's campus climate.

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STAND OUT during internship and job interviews.

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STRENGTHEN your global perspective.

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SHARE your story and experiences.

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Be an ALLY.

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Campus Partners

The Center's Campus Partners for the Voices initiative include: Black World Studies, Educational Psychology, Global Intercultural Studies, Justice & Community Studies, META Collective, Office of Diversity Affairs, Psychology, Residence Life, and Student Affairs in Higher Education.