“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.
- Students will explore their own identity and identify how their identity affects their experiences of the world around them.
- Students will summarize the various theories related to social justice, power, privilege, and oppression.
- Students will describe the importance of dialogue as starting place for creating social change.
- Students will analyze their own spheres of influence and the ways they can become an agent of change in their communities.
- Students will role model effective and meaningful dialogue about difficult and controversial issues.
Exploring our Foundations
- This session will focus on the importance of setting dialogue norms and expectations. Students will set their own guidelines and comfort levels and explore the purpose and power of dialogue.
Exploring our Identities
- This session will focus on developing an understanding of social identities and how they affect one’s perceptions of the world around them. Students will discuss their experiences with and understandings of various parts of their identity.
Exploring our Histories
- This session will focus on how prejudices and social inequality are socially constructed over long periods of time. Students will discuss how they are taught about identity throughout their lifetimes and how historical events continue play a role in the perpetuation of inequality in the present.
Exploring our Positionality
- This session will focus on the concepts of power, privilege, and systems of oppression. Students will analyze the various ways oppressive systems operate and intersect to influence people’s lived experiences.
Exploring our Society
- This session will focus on participating in dialogue and making meaning of difficult and controversial issues that impact american society broadly
Exploring our Community
- This session will focus on participating in dialogue and making meaning of difficult and controversial issues that impact the Vanderbilt and Nashville community.
Exploring our Impact
- This session will focus on how students can become agents of social change in their various communities and social spheres. Students will make meaning of social justice and equity while engaging in dialogue about steps they can take to make society and campus more equitable for all.
Exploring our Voices
- Students will demonstrate their ability to create a meaningful atmosphere for dialogue and action planning around a topic that is important and meaningful to them.
iDialogues Fall Cohort will begin on September 27th! Applications are open and will be open until September 14th. Click below to fill out an application.
Questions? Please contact ReChard Peel, at email@example.com