EDUC 2610: INTERGROUP DIALOGUE

A three-credit, peer-facilitated course that brings together participants from different backgrounds to explore topics related to social identities (disability, gender, nationality, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc.) in more depth, while practicing engaging in meaningful dialogue across difference.

If you are interested in enrolling in EDUC 2610, read through all of the information on this page and submit a Placement Form (link below).

EDUC 2610 is open to all Cornell undergraduate students. Each section comprises 10 – 20 undergraduate participants and two trained peer facilitators. Class meets once a week for three hours. 

To maximize learning and the opportunity for meaningful intergroup dialogue, sections are intentionally created after students have enrolled in the course in order to ensure a mixed and balanced representation of views, experiences, and identities. To do this, it is necessary for us to collect information about your social identities. We do this via our Placement Form. We also use the information collected in this form to inform our decision-making when choosing specific readings and activities for the semester. 

You do not need to disclose an identity if you are not comfortable doing so, but you do need to submit a Placement Form in order to obtain or maintain enrollment status in the course.

Please note, while we use your self-reported social identities to craft dynamic and diverse sections, this information has no impact on enrollment in this course.

There are two parts to enrolling in EDUC 2610: 

    • Pre-enroll:
      • EDUC 2610 is open to all Cornell undergraduate students during pre-enroll.
      • If you are not able to enroll in the course during pre-enroll: this is because there are a set number of seats reserved for seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. Although a section may appear open in Student Center, if you are receiving an error message when you try to enroll, it is because there are no more seats available based on your class year. Submit a Placement Form to be added to the waitlist. We will email you if a seat becomes available.
    • Add/drop: 
      • If you wish to add the course during add/drop: you need to obtain department consent. To request department consent, submit a Placement Form in order to generate a waitlist entry.
    • Waitlist: If you are not able to enroll in EDUC 2610 during the pre-enrollment period, you should still submit a Placement Form. When you submit a Placement Form, you will automatically be added to the waitlist. Once the pre-enrollment period is over, we begin forming sections and determining topics based on information we receive from all students enrolled in the course. If there are still spaces available, we will begin to reach out to students on the waitlist to offer them a seat. Once the add/drop period starts, some students may drop the course or attempt to switch to a different section. This may free up additional seats for those on the waitlist. We will contact you by email if a space opens up for you. You do not need to do anything in addition to submitting a Placement Form.
    • Dropping EDUC 2610: 

Everyone who enrolls in EDUC 2610 during the pre-enrollment period must submit a Placement Form within 24 hours of enrolling in Student Center.

The Placement Form asks you to disclose basic demographic information and to self-identify various social identities.

We use this information in the following ways: 

  • To maximize learning and the opportunity for meaningful intergroup dialogue, sections are intentionally created after students have enrolled in the course in order to ensure a mixed and balanced representation of views, experiences, and identities. To do this, it is necessary for us to collect information about your social identities via our Placement Form. This means that you may end up in a section that is different from the one you originally enrolled in in Student Center. While you may be moved to a different section, you will be kept in the same time slot as the section you originally enrolled in. 
  • We use the information collected in this form to inform our decision-making when choosing specific readings and activities for the semester. 
  • We also compile demographic data for research purposes. 

You do not need to disclose an identity if you are not comfortable doing so, but you do need to submit a Placement Form in order to obtain or maintain enrollment status in the course.

Because of Cornell’s enrollment structure and the movement of students across courses that happens during the Add/Drop Period, we do not determine final section assignments until the first day of class. All of the information in the Placement Form is kept strictly confidential and is only accessible to IDP staff (it is not shared with the course facilitators). The information collected is used to create the sections, as well as compile demographic data for research purposes, but the information you disclose will never be shared or used for any other purposes.

Note: While we use your self-reported social identities to craft dynamic and diverse sections, this information has no impact on enrollment in this course.

Fall 2020 EDUC 2610 Placement Form

Fall 2020 Class Times

Days Times
Wednesday 10:10 AM – 1:10 PM
Wednesday 1:25 PM – 4:25 PM
Wednesday 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Thursday 10:10 AM – 1:10 AM
Thursday 1:25 PM – 4:25 PM

EDUC 2610 is offered in the Fall and Spring

View EDUC 2610 in the Fall 2020 Class Roster

Course Description

Intergroup dialogue is a form of communication specifically designed for people to engage with one another across social, cultural, and power differences in a critical and meaningful way. This class prepares students to live and work in a diverse world, and educates them in making choices that advance equity. Its main objectives are to: explore our human capacity and need to connect with ourselves and others; increase understanding of personal and social identities and how they inform our lives; explore the effects of social inequity at personal, interpersonal, and structural levels (including the ways in which it disrupts human connection); develop students’ skills to communicate, work, and lead effectively across difference; and strengthen individual and collective capacities to strategize for change on campus and beyond.

Through the engagement with interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks, experiential learning activities, scaffolded assignments, collaborative sustained dialogue, and critical reflection, participants in the course will focus on four areas of development throughout the semester.

The four development areas are:

  1. Human Agency & Connection
  2. Intergroup Communication
  3. Personal & Social Identity
  4. Strategic Change

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the semester, students will have the opportunity to advance their understanding and capacity in each of the four development areas. At the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Cultivate authentic and meaningful interpersonal connections across difference
  • Describe their own personal experience of multiple social identities
  • Articulate connections between individuals’ experiences of social identity and societal systems of power, privilege, and oppression
  • Use dialogue practices in communicating with others
  • Meaningfully engage with a range of perspectives on issues related to societal systems of power, privilege, and oppression
  • Identify actions and opportunities for ameliorating inequities connected to social identity

Section’s full? Add your name to the waitlist.

Submit a Placement Form to add your name to the waitlist. We will contact you if a space opens up. Typically, the majority of spaces that open up become available during the add/drop period.

But the section says it’s open in Student Center. 

This is because there are a set number of seats reserved for seniors, juniors, sophomores and first-years. Although the section appears to be open, if you are receiving an error message when you try to enroll, it is because there are no more seats available based on your class year.

I already filled out the Placement Form, but need to make changes.

Use the Placement Form to submit edits to your availability, as well as any other changes. On the second page of the form, select that you are submitting an edit to your original submission, so that you do not need to fill out the whole form again.

How do I drop EDUC 2610?

Submit an EDUC 2610 Removal Request Form

What distribution requirements does EDUC 2610 fulfill?

  • AAP: Required Out of Department Humanities Elective: Cultural Analysis (CA) & Social Behavior Analysis (SBA)
  • CALS: Diversity (D), Cultural Analysis (CA), & Social Behavior Analysis (SBA) distributions requirements.
  • CHE: Cultural Analysis (CA) and Social Behavior Analysis (SBA) distribution requirements.
  • ENG: Diversity (D), Cultural Analysis (CA), & Social Behavior Analysis (SBA) distributions requirements
  • Applicable towards: 
      • CALS Education Minor
      • CALS Leadership Minor 
      • Certificate in Engaged Leadership

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