EDUC 2610/ILRID 2610: Intergroup Dialogue

Instructors: Dr. Adi Grabiner Keinan & Jazlin Gomez Garner

3 credits. Letter grade only.
Offered: Fall & Spring

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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.

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

Enrollment Process

There are two parts to enrolling in EDUC 2610/ILRID 2610: 

  1. Enroll in EDUC 2610/ILRID 2610 in Student Center
  2. Submit a Placement Form within 24 hours of enrolling (feel free to submit it before enrolling!)

**Students wanting to enroll in ILRID 2610 should enroll in EDUC 2610 during pre-enroll. Students will be able to switch to ILRID 2610 during add/drop as needed.**

EDUC 2610/ILRID 2610 is open to all Cornell undergraduate students. Each section comprises 12 – 18 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 that while we use your self-reported social identities to craft dynamic and diverse sections, this information has no impact on enrollment in this course.

Waitlist

Seats are first come, first serve, however, there are a number of seats reserved for ILR students. If you are not able to enroll in EDUC 2610/ILRID 2610 in Student Center, you should still submit a Placement Form. When you submit a Placement Form, you will automatically be added to the waitlist. You should continue to check for open seats and enroll yourself if a seat becomes available. 

Once a section is full, or the course has started, you will not be able to enroll yourself and you will need a permission code to enroll in the course pending availability. As seats open up (if students drop the course or switch sections), we will begin to reach out to students on the waitlist to offer them a seat. 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/ILRID 2610

Dropping EDUC 2610/ILRID 2610 requires department consent as it is important for us to have an accurate course roster and to know if a student is dropping so we can add additional students from the waitlist.

Submit an EDUC 2610/ILRID 2610 Removal Request Form to notify us of your intention to drop the course and to receive department consent to drop the course in Student Center. The details we ask for in the form help us process your request as quickly as possible. You will receive an email notification once your request has been processed.

Placement Form

To complete your enrollment, you must submit a Placement Form within 24 hours of enrolling in Student Center (you can also submit it before enrolling!).

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.

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 2022 EDUC 2610 Placement Form

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Seats are first come, first serve, however, there are a number of seats reserved for ILR students. If you are not able to enroll in EDUC 2610/ILRID 2610 in Student Center, you should still submit a Placement Form. When you submit a Placement Form, you will automatically be added to the waitlist. You should continue to check for open seats and enroll yourself if a seat becomes available. 

Once a section is full, or the course has started, you will not be able to enroll yourself and you will need a permission code to enroll in the course pending availability. As seats open up (if students drop the course or switch sections), we will begin to reach out to students on the waitlist to offer them a seat throughout the duration of the add period. 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.

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

This is because there are a number of seats reserved for specific class years and for ILR students. Although the section appears to be open, if you are receiving an error message when you try to enroll, it is because you are ineligible based on your class year and/or college.

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/ILRID 2610?

Submit an EDUC 2610/ILRID 2610 Removal Request Form

What distribution requirements does EDUC 2610/ILRID 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
  • ILR: Diversity (for students who matriculated in or after fall 2022)
  • Applicable towards: 
      • CALS Education Minor
      • CALS Leadership Minor 
      • CAS Inequality Studies Minor
      • Certificate in Engaged Leadership

Student Reflections on EDUC 2610

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