Voices of Discovery

Trevino smiles in a portrait photoOn Friday, October 26, Dr. Jesús Treviño, CEO and Founder of The Leadership in Diversity Group, visited Miami's campus to hold information sessions for two new, undergraduate, Intergroup Dialogue courses to be piloted at Miami in the spring 2019 semester:

  • Voices of Discovery (a 2-credit sprint course); and
  • Intro to Voices (a free, co-curricular version of Voices of Discovery).

Both versions of Voices being piloted next semester are based on Intergroup Dialogue theory and practice developed by University of Michigan's Program on Intergroup Dialogue—and supported by 30+ years of research (more here). Voices, like other forms of Intergroup Dialogue, involves participants in sustained, facilitated dialogue across social identities.

Treviño is a consultant and facilitator trainer for Miami and has significant experience training intergroup dialogue facilitators for the Voices programs he spearheaded at University of Arizona, University of Denver, Arizona State, and University of South Dakota.

Over thirty students, faculty, and staff attended Treviño’s first information session which was hosted by the Department of Psychology. The co-sponsors of Voices at Miami are Psychology, Global Intercultural Studies, Black World Studies, META Collective, Justice & Community Studies, Office of Diversity Affairs, and Center for American and World Cultures.

All Miami Voices dialogues (free and for-credit) cover a wide breadth of social identities, power, privilege, and action strategies for a more just and inclusive campus and society. Each section also features dialogue on current events related to one of four dialogue topics or themes:

  • Gender Identity
  • International and US Identity
  • Racial Identity
  • Religious/Secular Identity

Dialogue participants select their preferred dialogue theme. All students who complete a Voices dialogue course (free and for credit) will receive a certificate of completion and a suggested resume entry.

All Voices section dialogues will be co-facilitated by two graduate students—each representing a different theme identity group of their dialogue section.

Interested in Voices?

View more information about Voices of Discovery 101 and Intro to Voices, including course offering schedules, credit hours, core concepts, and registration.

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