Using Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) Facilitation Skills in the Classroom

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 11:30 to 13:30

ESJ 0201

Planning an in-class discussion related to race, gender, immigration, or other politically-charged topics? Unsure about how to approach it? Interested in developing a strategy for how to facilitate conflict that may arise? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this workshop is for you! 

Intergroup Dialogue is a critical pedagogical method that raises students’ awareness about social inequalities and equips them with the knowledge and skills to address conflict, listen to varying perspectives, collaborate, and take action. Essential to this process are facilitation skills that support educators in transforming “critical incidents” into “teachable moments.” Educators who use facilitation as part of their teaching, guide the learning process. They engage individual students—and the group— in reflecting, sharing, and dialoguing about perspectives and feelings that are both personally and socially relevant to the class content and beyond. 

Join us for an interactive session that will introduce instructors to essential facilitation skills, such as identifying group dynamics, asking dialogical questions, surfacing conflict, and intervening in ways that can enhance their teaching toolkit. Lunch will be provided!