Skills for Fostering Freedom of Expression in the Classroom:

Course for Instructors

Learn about and apply dialogic facilitation skills, expanding your ability to lead conversations across differences in the classroom. This program, led by the Intergroup Dialogue Project, is open to instructors of academic courses and will include four in-person interactive sessions.


  • Bring together a professional network of Cornell instructors who share an interest in fostering free expression and dialogue in the classroom
  • Learn effective facilitation skills and frameworks for fostering dialogue and free expression in the classroom
  • Practice skills by facilitating challenging conversations with fellow participants and sharing feedback with each other
  • Reflect on and learn from others’ experiences with free expression and dialogue in the classroom


  • Four bi-weekly, two-hour in-person sessions for learning and applying dialogic facilitation skills
  • This Ithaca-based program is open to Cornell instructors who teach credit-bearing courses for undergraduate and/or graduate students at the university. 
  • Assigned readings and exercises will deepen participants’ understanding of the course topics and complement the work that happens during sessions
  • Participants will have multiple opportunities to reflect on their own experiences in the classroom and learn from others’ perspectives
  • Following the completion of the course, the IDP team will continue to provide participants with support and consultation. This professional network of participants can continue to provide ongoing support, collaboration, and exchange of ideas after the course has ended.

Course Dates

Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM:

  1. February 15, 2024
  2. February 29, 2024
  3. March 14, 2024
  4. March 28, 2024

Registration for this program is now closed.

Participants must be able to attend all four sessions. Registration will close on December 8. We have a limited number of seats available and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact with any questions.