“Intergroup Dialogue Project is both an amazing class to take and an amazing process to be a part of.”EDUC 2610 Participant
“I can honesty say that Intergroup Dialogue was one of the most eye-opening and life changing classes I will ever take at Cornell University.”EDUC 2610 Participant
“The lessons I’ve learned in this course are concepts I will grapple with the rest of my life, and the connections I’ve made with other students in my group are ones I will never forget.”EDUC 2610 Participant
“Through IDP, I was able to build a community of people who were very different from me of different races, socioeconomic statuses, genders, and nationalities, with different opinions and experiences — yet some- how, still striving towards the same goals.”EDUC 2610 Participant
“Through IDP, I have recognized who I am, recognized who others are, and recognized how I can use those relationships dialogue, build communities, and take action.”EDUC 2610 Participant
Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP)
is an academic initiative grounded in theory and practice that creates
community across difference
Our mission is to facilitate…
dialogue [dahy–uh-lawg] n., vb
collaborative communication in which people create shared meaining by being both teachers and learners
across [uh-kros] adv., prep
to cross to the other side of a separating expanse so as to be understood
difference [dif-ruh ns] n.
the parts of ourselves that make us unique (status, power, perspectives, experiences, and beliefs)
Our vision is a campus of…
equity [ek-wi-tee] n.
characteristics of a fair society
dignity [dig-ni-tee] n.
development and appreciation of self and group identities
respect [ri-spekt] n., vb.
to look at and listen to someone with our full attention and the intent to understand
How do we do it?
IDP works to engage the entire Cornell community. We collaborate with many departments, programs, and student organizations to develop and deliver offerings ranging from three-hour introductory experiences to intensive semester-long courses. These intimate, peer-facilitated sessions address topics of identity and communication while providing participants with the skills to engage in productive conflict and create new shared meanings.