What is iDialogues?
“iDialogues” is an 8-week educational series that creates an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to engage in intergroup dialogue through the lens of social group identity, power dynamics, conflict, and community. This program is designed for students to develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of how to become agents of social change in the context of both Vanderbilt and its surrounding communities.
What Will You Learn?
- Students will have an opportunity for self-exploration of their identities and how it affects their understanding of society.
- Students will gain an understanding of the foundational theories pertaining to difference, privilege and oppression as relevant issues facing modern America.
- Students with have an opportunity to deepen the level of authentic dialogue across difference.
- Students will gain practical communication and leadership tools necessary to effectively navigate multicultural communities with sensitivity, empathy, and confidence through the building of an inclusion action plan.
How to Apply:
Applications will open again in the fall of 2018! Check back for more updates as the school year approaches.
Fall 2017 Program Information and Sessions
Cohort will meet every Tuesday from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in the Sarratt 325/327 unless otherwise noted.
February 6th – Who Am I?
This session will focus on the importance of setting dialogue norms and expectations. Students will also gain an awareness of self-identities and the commonalities within the cohort.
February 13- Historical Legacies and Socialization
This session will focus on developing an understanding of privilege and power. Students will also focus on how one’s identity perpetuates power and privilege within the context of both Vanderbilt and the surrounding communities.
February 20 – Power, Privilege, and Systems of Oppression
This session will focus on how societal constructs have perpetuated individuals and communities to learn and internalize various norms and stereotypes about groups other than their own.
February 27 – Internalization
This session will focus on the concepts of internalized pride and oppression within group memberships and its intersections (i.e. gender, ability, religious affiliations, etc.) being understood in the context of oppression, privilege, and justice.
March 13th – Navigating Difficult Conversations- Part I
This session will focus on engaging into a difficult, historical, societal, and institutional issue of racism. Students will learn how to engage in controversial subjects in a supportive and nonjudgmental way.
March 20th – Navigating Difficult Conversations- Part II
This session will focus on engaging into a difficult, current, societal, and institutional issue of racism. Students will learn how to engage in controversial subjects in a supportive and nonjudgmental way.
March 27th – Working Toward Justice- Part I
This session will focus on exploring how students can build and become allies to change some of the inequities in our society and campus.
April 3rd – Working Toward Justice- Part II
This session will focus on student reflections and self-commitments to be social justice change agents and empower others to lead within their communities.
Questions? Please contact ReChard Peel, at firstname.lastname@example.org