Intergroup Dialogue Project

Facilitating Dialogue Across Difference

Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP)

is an academic initiative grounded in theory and practice that creates

community across difference 

through dialogue.

Intergroup Dialogue Project is both an amazing class to take and an amazing process to be a part of.

EDUC 2610 Participants

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 Participants

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 Participants

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 Participants

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 Participants

Our mission is to facilitate…

dialogue [dahyuh-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-spektn., 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.


EDUC 2610: Intergroup Dialogue

An introductory course to intergroup dialogue for undergraduate students.

EDUC 2610 Course Info

EDUC 4826: Leading Dialogue Across Difference

The training and development course all facilitators take while facilitating EDUC 2610.

EDUC 4826 Course Info

Graduate & Professional Students and Postdoctoral Scholars Course

A 3-week long winter or summer session option for graduate and professional students as well as postdoctoral scholars.

Grad Course Info

Workshop Program

Participate in a three-hour introductory session to learn basic skills for engaging in dialogue.

Workshop Info