Since the founding of the Intergroup Dialogue Project at Cornell in 2012, our program has expanded exponentially beyond our initial 40-person undergraduate course. Today, IDP’s work includes eight credit-bearing courses, orientation sessions for all incoming undergraduate students, college-wide initiatives to support faculty teaching, and more. While IDP’s programs have branched out in a multitude of directions, the heart of the program is still a commitment to communication across difference and critical hope, one that scrutinizes the structures of inequity we inhabit and chooses to believe in everyone’s capacity to create a more inclusive future. For this reason, as we celebrate ten years of achievement and impact, we also want to reflect collectively with our broader community (alumni, campus partners, and current students) in June 2023 for a reunion and conference, Directions for Dialogue: Ten Years IDP at Cornell.
In true dialogue fashion, our vision for this event is a collaborative effort to teach and learn from the unique experiences, perspectives, and expertise of our IDP community. Through industry-specific roundtable discussions, skill-sharing workshops, and community-building events, we will identify current DEI issues both on campus and in the workplace, practice dialogue-based skills and methods for approaching them, and build a network of support across industries. Ultimately, we seek to understand: what good does dialogue enact in the world, and how can we continue imagining more inclusive ways of connecting with one another?
Directions for Dialogue: Ten Years of IDP at Cornell will convene our broader community to identify new directions for dialogic approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion work both on campus and beyond.