For the second year in a row, all incoming undergraduate students have participated in an Intergroup Dialogue workshop during orientation. Critical to furthering the positive impact of this initiative is reinforcing the concepts and skills to which students are exposed by modeling and practicing them with students. As academic advisors, we see you as key to this process.  

Therefore, during the 2019-2020 academic year, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (OVPUE) and the Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP) will be hosting an inaugural course designed specifically for academic advisors. Through an interactive process known as intergroup dialogue, this course will provide participants with sustained opportunities to explore how social identities inform advising and mentoring processes; practice tools for leading and communicating across difference; strengthen their capacity to develop effective collaborations; and build a professional network of academic advisors interested in enacting systemic change past the completion of this course.

This offering is co-facilitated by Steph Cowling, Assistant Director of OADI (Office of Academic Diversity Initiative) and Adi Grabiner-Keinan, Executive Director of Undergraduate Diversity Education & Director of IDP

This could be the course for you if you want to:

  • Learn tools and skills for advising, collaborating, and leading across difference
  • Connect more effectively with students, faculty, and colleagues
  • Explore the connection between your social identities and the narratives you hear and continue to tell
  • Prepare yourself to engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion processes in your unit and on campus
  • Explore your own and others’ social identities and how they inform advising and educational processes
  • Practice challenging your own assumptions
  • Communicate productively through conflict
  • Collaboratively think about ways you can enact positive and strategic change
  • Get to know a diverse group of academic advisors who are interested in similar topics

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 offering.

Please contact or 607-255-5747 with any questions, concerns, or for more information.