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“Walls turned sideways are bridges.”
- Angela Davis

Bridge Inside
About Me

Dr. Kristie Ford is a professor, educator, and consultant who strives to create a more just and equitable society through her work. She was appointed by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum as the 2022-2023 Presidential Fellow for Mount Holyoke College based, in part, on her work as founder of the first Intergroup Relations (IGR) minor in the United States, which was established at Skidmore College in 2012. In 2023, she was hired as Mount Holyoke's inaugural Director of the Center for Intergroup Dialogue. Her latest book, Facilitating Change through Intergroup Dialogue: Social Justice Advocacy in Practice, documents the impact of dialogic pedagogies on undergraduate students’ post-college personal and professional lives. Ford received her B.A. in sociology from Amherst College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


The work that I have been called to do through Facilitating Change is in honor of my ancestors, proud peoples from diverse African and Indigenous tribes, the details unknown but not forgotten, whose sacrifices, faith, and love have paved the way.


In this time of racialized, classed, and gendered divisions in the United States, it is increasingly important that our institutions become places where productive conversations across difference can occur. Ford Consulting: Facilitating Change (FC) has a proven record of creating such opportunities, helping clients learn how to more effectively listen to one another, and navigate difficult topics, in an effort to realize their institutional goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

"Fantastic work! Loved every minute of it. Taking Kristie’s ideas of Intergroup Dialogue and faculty and staff work to heart this semester!!!"

- 2022

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