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. At this time, IDP has offerings for undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, postdoctoral scholars, staff and faculty.
IDP COURSES & OFFERINGS
Creating Community Across Difference: An Introduction to Dialogue
A 2.5-hour mandatory session that all incoming undergraduate students participate in during Orientation. Participants are introduced to skills and tools for communicating across difference both inside and outside the classroom.
A 3-credit peer-facilitated course that brings together participants from different backgrounds to explore topics related to disability, gender, nationality, race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status in more depth, while practicing engaging in meaningful dialogue across difference.
A 4-credit course that students take while co-facilitating one section of EDUC 2610 (Intergroup Dialogue). Through theoretical and experiential learning, students in EDUC 4826 will further develop knowledge and skills gained in EDUC 2610 for leadership and facilitation across social, cultural, and political differences.
IDP collaborates with various undergraduate groups and organizations to develop sessions customized to your group’s needs. Through experiential learning exercises and authentic dialogue, participants gain practical skills for making their student organizations more inclusive environments.
Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are required to communicate and work across cultural, social, and power differences on a daily basis. They interact with mentors, colleagues, undergraduate students, and professors in a variety of academic settings, and need to navigate different spaces, ways of thought, and academic practice. This program provides a space for a group to come together to connect in a deep and personal way across differences through activities designed to stimulate critical reflection of social identities and power dynamics in society.