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ERIC Number: EJ914135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0560
Intergroup Dialogue and Democratic Practice in Higher Education
Lopez, Gretchen E.; Zuniga, Ximena
New Directions for Higher Education, n152 p35-42 Win 2010
Academic communities must learn to address many of the social divisions, misunderstandings, and inequities of society as a whole. Although challenging, this offers tremendous opportunities for educators to develop, study, and learn from innovative programs that respond effectively to these social issues on college and university campuses. This knowledge may then be shared with wider communities. This chapter introduces one such initiative, intergroup dialogue. Intergroup dialogue is "a face-to-face facilitated learning experience that brings together students from different social identity groups over a sustained period of time to understand their commonalities and differences, examine the nature and impact of societal inequalities, and explore ways of working together toward greater equality and justice." As examples, intergroup dialogues may bring together students (or faculty, staff) across race, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and religion- or faith-based divisions. Intergroup dialogue presents an important opportunity for students and others to practice the skills needed to cultivate diverse democratic culture in higher education and broader society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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