IDP Guides

Members of the Cornell community are welcome and encouraged to use IDP Guides for educational purposes. This representation of IDP intellectual property is provided for noncommercial, educational use by the Cornell community only. Permission is required from IDP to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of our materials for commercial use. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please contact idp@cornell.edu.

Challenging Conversations with Residents

This guide is for: Cornell Residential Life Staff (requires NetID to access)

While we at the Intergroup Dialogue Project don’t work in residential life, the worries about opening up challenging conversations are familiar. Because of this shared concern about challenging conversations, IDP has developed a list of guided reflection questions in consultation with West Campus House System leaders. We hope this guide will help you feel more equipped for challenging conversations with residents. Although this guide was created with this focus, we believe other student-facing staff, such as academic advisors, might also find it helpful.

Community Agreements

This guide is for: the Cornell community (requires NetID to access)

Community agreements are ‘ground rules’ that we establish early on to set expectations for how we want to communicate with each other.  These agreements help set both practical norms and broader intentions of how we want to approach the conversation. 

Inclusive Curriculum Review

This guide is for: Cornell Educators (requires NetID to access)

The Intergroup Dialogue Project has worked with numerous academic units to examine issues related to equity, power, and inclusion in teaching, research, mentoring, and department culture. This guide provides frameworks, questions, and tools to help academic units lead and engage in meaningful and productive conversations about inclusive curriculum review.

Listening & Learning with "I" Statements

This guide is for: Educators

This guide is an accompaniment to our podcast, “I” Statements, where people with different identities come together to share their own beliefs, experiences, and perspectives, demonstrating both the power and the possibility inherent in communicating across difference. This guide is for people who would like to incorporate the podcast into their work with students and/or colleagues.

Political Conversations

This guide is for: the Cornell community (requires NetID to access)

This guide was prepared in advance of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Although it refers specifically to this election, we believe the content here is applicable to many conversations people may wish to engage in surrounding politics.

Using LARA

This guide is for: the Cornell community (requires NetID to access)

LARA stands for Listen, Affirm, Respond, and Add Information. The overarching aim of this tool is to encourage communication across difference (whether of identities, perspectives, or experiences). As a communication tool, LARA can be useful in building connection and trust with others, creating space for the exploration of multiple – even conflicting – perspectives, and bringing emotions, assumptions, and social identities into the conversation.  The aim of LARA is to help steer a conversation towards mutual understanding of each other’s identities, lived experiences, and positions.

A Note About IDP Guides

Members of the Cornell community are welcome and encouraged to use IDP Guides for educational purposes. This representation of IDP intellectual property is provided for noncommercial, educational use by the Cornell community only. Permission is required from IDP to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of our materials for commercial use. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please contact idp@cornell.edu.