Voices Intergroup Dialogue

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What is Intergroup Dialogue?

Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a model of peer learning that involves semi-structured face-to-face meetings across social identity groups, discussion of relevant reading material, and exploration of group experiences in social and institutional contexts. The goal is to create a setting in which participants engage in open and constructive dialogue and explore issues of intergroup relations, intellectual diversity, free speech, conflict, and community. In the process, participants learn about themselves and peers with different social identities while gaining valuable skills in cross-cultural communication and team-building.

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.

How to Register (for Miami Students)

Option 1: IDS 253 (3 credits) Voices of Discovery: Intergroup Dialogue

Fall 2020 (CRN #: 77687): Meets Monday evenings 4:25pm-7:35pm from September 8 - December 12.

Option 2: IDS 151 (1 credit) Diversity Seminar

Fall 2020 (CRN #: 77813): Meets Monday evenings 6:30-8:05pm from August 31-November 2nd.

Option 3: Intro to Voices Co-Curricular Program

Intro to Voices (ITV) is a free, 8-week co-curricular version of Voices of Discovery. Only students in courses sponsored by a faculty member offering credit for completion of ITV are eligible.

ITV features:

  • Two hours of co-facilitated, peer dialogue once per week for 8 weeks during the W sprint term (last 8 weeks of the semester). Students choose Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00pm;
  • Short reading assignments; and
  • Credit awarded for successful completion of ITV via a sponsoring course.

Miami students in a faculty-sponsored course may register beginning Fall 2020.

How to Enroll a Course (for Faculty)

All Miami faculty members are eligible to embed the co-curricular version of Miami’s Intergroup Dialogue program, Intro to Voices (ITV), into their 2020-21 course/s (graduate and undergraduate). The Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) offers ITV at no cost to faculty or students.

ITV is an 8-week program that runs parallel with the V sprint schedule--beginning the second week of the full term. Students select which night per week (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday) they wish to participate.

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

Complete 3 simple steps to enroll your course!

  1. Offer

Decide what course credit/points you will offer students if students successfully complete ITV. The more substantial the credit the more fully your students will participate and the more likely they will complete the program.

Examples include:

  • Credit in lieu of an exam or paper
  • Credit in lieu of a group or community engagement project
  • Credit in lieu of assigned readings or event attendance (not recommended unless a substantial part of the grade)
  • Credit via independent study
  • Some other point/course credit (excluding “Extra Credit”)
  1. Enroll

Enter your name and course details. The CAWC will prepare an editable description of the ITV Program tailored for your students including how they will earn credit in your course upon successful completion.

  1. Promote

Insert the ITV program description provide to you by CAWC, along with your edits, into your syllabus.

CAWC will make one classroom visit during the first week of the full semester term to promote the program, answer questions, and share fliers with program details.

Important Dates and Notes

  • Faculty Course Enrollment Deadline: August 1, 2020
  • Classroom Visit Schedule: CAWC will visit your classroom the week of August 24.
  • Student Registration Deadline: Friday, August 28.
  • ITV Cohort Meeting Schedule: 8-Week V Sprint Term, August 31 – October 26 from 6-8 pm (students choose M, T, or W night cohort).
  • Accountability: CAWC takes weekly attendance, tracks student progress, and reports to you every week during the program.
  • Student Benefits: In addition to earning credit in your course, the CAWC provides students with a suggested resume/CV entry, documenting their completion of the program, and a “Certificate of Completion.”
  • Assessment: Miami’s Discovery Center conducts pre- and post-surveys, interviews students on completion, and provides qualitative and quantitative analysis of the program, which CAWC provides to you.

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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.