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Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) 

Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a nationally recognized academic, credit-bearing program that originated at the University of Michigan in 1988 as a means of addressing racial tension on campus; its primary goal is to support student learning and competencies around inter- and intra-group relations, conflict, and social justice across a range of social identities.  

The effectiveness of IGD is well documented in the relevant literature.


Trained in this dialogic approach during my time in graduate school, for the last 16 years I have been applying these foundational principles to workshops developed for administrators, teachers, managers, caregivers, libraries, churches, and others.

Introduction to IGD Pedagogy

This 15-hour* co-facilitated workshop is designed for participants invested in learning more about and addressing race and other diversity-related issues. Focused on learning by doing, workshop goals include:

  • Understanding the theory and practice of IGD as a method for addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) issues

  • Experiencing the methodology by participating in a series of self-reflexive exercises

  • Enhancing DE&I content knowledge and fluency

  • Learning how to apply dialogic communication skills when engaging in contentious, justice-related conversations.

Training to
Facilitate IGD

This 15-hour co-facilitated workshop is designed for participants who have completed Workshop 1: Introduction to IGD Pedagogy. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the tools necessary to effectively facilitate dialogues using the principles of IGD. 

IGD Program Development and Curricula Design

As founder of the first minor in the country, established at Skidmore College in 2012, I also work with clients over an extended period of time to assist in the development of a strategic and sustainable plan to adapt, embed, and institutionalize IGD into the fabric of their organizations.

*Both in-person and remote workshops are possible depending upon the organizations’ needs, schedule availability, and the health and safety of the participating communities*

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