IGD @ UMass

In addition to EDUC 202, these intergroup dialogue courses are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level at UMass Amherst:


EDUC 395Z – Issues in Intergroup Relations (Intergroup Dialogue Weekend Seminar)

Undergraduate students from all majors and concentrations are welcome to enroll in this intergroup dialogue seminar that meets over one weekend (Saturday and Sunday). In small, diverse groups, students engage in facilitated conversations across differences of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and other social identities. They consider how these social identities impact their and their peer’s experiences on campus. This course is intended to develop dialogic skills to address conflict and relationships within and across student communities. Specific seminar topics vary by semester and have recently included Race, Ethnicity, and Student Leadership. For more information, please contact dialogue@sacl.umass.edu. (No prerequisites, open to all undergraduate students, offered in the Fall and Spring semesters) (1 credit)


EDUC 692B/698S: Small Group Leadership: Dialogue Facilitation Across Difference

This course is designed to prepare critically reflective practitioners to plan, facilitate and assess dialogues across social identity based differences. It applies theories and practices of intergroup dialogue, engaged pedagogy and social justice education, Intergroup dialogue facilitators strengthen personal and collective capacities – knowledge, awareness, skills and passion – through active learning and sustained critical reflexivity. Prerequisites EDUC 691E, 624, 627 and/or permission of the instructors (6 cr.) (Core requirement for master’s students and SJE teaching graduate certificate students; restrictive elective for doctoral students; offered in the Spring semester) (6 credits)

EDUC 795E: Theory, Practice and Research on Intergroup Dialogue in Schools, Colleges and Communities

 Intergroup dialogue is an interdisciplinary field of practice that seeks to bridge social and cultural divides and effect social change. This course provides students with foundation knowledge and familiarity with relevant conceptual, practical and empirical literature, as well as awareness, understanding, and skills for planning, facilitating, and evaluating intergroup dialogue activities in educational settings, organizations and communities. Prerequisites: EDUC 691E and 624 or related course; experience with qualitative research is desired. (Elective offered either in Fall or the Spring semester) (3 credits)