IDP Courses & Offerings

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 regular offerings for undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, faculty, and IDP facilitator alumni.

Design Principles

Integrated approach

In many instances, DEI training is perceived as an “add-on” or a standalone activity aiming to address the need to “do something about diversity”. Standalone training sessions have a limited impact on behavioral and institutional change, and they signal that deep issues related to identity and belonging can be unpacked and resolved in a short, isolated intervention. IDP’s model offers an integrated approach to DEI education (not training!) in different ways: we develop and lead ongoing processes with gradual goals and comprehensive curriculum; we change campus climate by educating critical mass of faculty, student, and staff participants; and we offer many different opportunities for people to engage in this educational work at different stages of their Cornell journey.

Interaction with members of different social groups

IDP’s programs provide opportunities for meaningful structured interactions across racial, gender, class, political and other differences. We aim to create a collaborative space in which a wide range of perspectives, backgrounds, and identities can be shared, critically explored, and learned from.

Intersectional and inclusive

This model promotes nuanced exploration and understanding of participants’ multiple identities and lived experiences. This approach allows participants to engage more authentically and strengthens their capacity to communicate and collaborate across difference with empathy and curiosity.

Focus on both personal experiences and socio-cultural dynamics

IDP’s approach allows participants to build understanding of their own identities, values, and perspectives in relation to broader dynamics in society.

Balance between process and content

Explicit attention to blending content and process is critical to support cognitive, behavioral, and affective growth. This model integrates cognitive learning about connection, conflict, identity, difference, and inequality with effective involvement of oneself and others through sharing lived experiences and engaging in critical dialogues.