The following summary is from ASHE Higher Education Report: Volume 32, Number 4: "Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education: Meaningful Learning About Social Justce." Authors: Ximena Zuniga, Biren (Ratnesh) A. Nagda, Mark Chesler, Adena Cytron-Walker. (2007), p. vii.
"Intergroup Dialogue is a face-to-face, interactive, and facilitated learning experience that brings together twelve to eighteen students from two or more social identity groups over a sustatined period to explore commonalities and differences, examine the nature and consequences of systems of power and privilege, and find ways to work together to promote social justice...
The IGD groups are guided by trained facilitators who use educational curriculum. Intergroup dialogues are offered in a variety ways on different campuses, ranging from cocurricular activities to full-fledged courses.
Over the past decade, intergroup dialogue has evolved as a sought-after pratice in higher education for fostering learning and building mutual understanding among students from different social backgrounds."
Books at the MRC:
Zúñiga, X., Nagda, B. Chesler, M., & Cytron-Walker, A. (2007). Intergroup dialogues in higher education: Meaningful learning about social justice. ASHE-ERIC report series. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
M. Adams, W. J. Blumenfeld, R. Castañeda, H. W. Hackman, M. L. Peters & X. Zúñiga (Eds.), Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: An anthology on racism, antisemitism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, and classism . NY: Routledge. (used in a curriculum)
M. Adams, W. J. Blumenfeld, R. Castañeda, H. W. Hackman, M. L. Peters & X. Zúñiga (Eds.), Teaching or Diversity and Social Justice: An anthology on racism, antisemitism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, and classism . NY: Routledge.
Brookfield, S/D. & Preskill, S. (2005). Discussion as a way of teaching: Tools and techniques for democratic classrooms. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
Hunter, D., Bailey, A., & Taylor, B. (1995). The art of facilitation. MA: Fisher Books.
Tatum, B. D. (2003). Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? And other questions about race. (used in a curriculum)
R. Delgado, & J. Stefancic (Eds.), Critical white studies: Looking behind the mirror Philadelphia: Temple University Press. (used in a curriculum)
S.D. Dasgupta (Ed.), A patchwork shawl: Chronicles of South Asian women in America . New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. (used in a curriculum)
J. Nestle, C. Howell & R Wilchins (Eds.) GenderQueer: Voices from beyond the sexual binary. Los Angeles: Alyson. (used in a curriculum)
R. González (Ed.), Muy Macho: Latino men confront their Manhood (pp. 59-73). NY: Doubleday. (used in a curriculum)
Videos at the MRC:
"What's Race Got to Do With It? Social Disparities & Student Success"
A documentary that chronicles the experiences of a diverse group of college students - in this case, over the course of a 16-week intergroup dialogue program - as they probe and confront each other about such issues as underrepresentation, the limitations of multiculturalism, social equity, affirmative action, and their own responsibilities for making a difference. California Newsreel Website
"Race the Power of Illusion" PBS website: www.pbs.org/race (used in a curriculum)
Study Circles. (2006). Dialogue for affinity groups. Free download at
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