Intergroup Dialogues is a program based off of a national model and is offered to Northeastern students through a partnership between Student Affairs and the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service.
What are Intergroup Dialogues?
Intergroup Dialogues are on-going and open conversations with 8-12 Northeastern students focusing on deepening their understanding of this vibrant, diverse and global society. Each dialogue group will be facilitated by one faculty/staff member and one upperclass student. The dialogues are honest conversations in a safe environment. Through these conversations, students will explore similarities and differences among people which will lead to insights that will serve Northeastern students throughout their lives as they impact our society.
Participation in Intergroup Dialogues gives you the opportunity to learn about the world in which we live and connects you with other students who are interested in learning about social identities such as gender, socio-economic status, and race. Students should be in their first three years of undergraduate education. If you are interested in participating in Intergroup Dialogues for Fall 2013, please fill out the application by clicking here. For more information, please contact Hayley Haywood at email@example.com or Kyndra Angell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roles of Participants:
- Actively and honestly participate in the discussions.
- Support the ground rules and the co-facilitators.
- Remain open-minded.
- Attend six sessions of 1.5 hours each.
Being a facilitator can be an incredible opportunity. Facilitators should be in their third year of undergraduate education or above. You and your co-facilitator will lead six (6) Intergroup Dialogue sessions with a small group of 8-12 people. If you are interested in applying to serve as an Intergroups Dialogue Facilitator for Spring 2014, fill out the registration form here. For more information, please contact Hayley Haywood at email@example.com or Kyndra Angell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roles and Responsibilities of Facilitators:
- Serve as a guide for the session and keep the discussion moving and on topic.
- Assist group members with processing their ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
- Encourage group members to identify and discuss deeper issues.
- Facilitate ice breakers and group activities.
- Support ground rules developed by the group.
- Remain neutral on session content.
- Mediate conflict and support finding common ground.
- Ensure appropriate time management for each topic.
- Distribute curriculum and other materials to group members for each session.
- Prepare for your session with your co-facilitator.
- Attend training sessions.
- Attend one check in session.
- Facilitate all six group sessions.
Note: Training and materials are provided. You do not need to be an “expert” on the topic to co-facilitate sessions.