Intergroup Dialogue Orientation Program

Creating Community Across Difference: An Introduction to Dialogue


Cornell’s Intergroup Dialogue Orientation sessions are interactive and peer-led, providing opportunities for small groups of incoming Cornellians to learn more about themselves and each other. You will practice skills and tools for communicating across difference both inside and outside the classroom.

All incoming first-year and transfer students are assigned to one mandatory 2.5-hour session during Orientation.


Your Cornell experience will extend far beyond what you learn in your lectures. As you and your peers start this new chapter of learning and growth, your identities and personal experiences will shape how you interact with others and form new relationships on campus. The ability to communicate and collaborate across difference, as well as to learn from someone else’s lived experiences will enable you to maximize what you gain from your time here. It will also allow you to actively contribute to making Cornell a more open and supportive community and better prepare you for your future in an increasingly interconnected global world.


Sessions will be held on January 20, 2020. The time and location of your assigned session will be available on your New Students To Do List page on January 7. You will need to log in in order to view this information.


In preparation for your Intergroup Dialogue Orientation Session, you will need to complete a short reading, followed by a written reflection.

You will use Canvas to upload your written reflection. Click here for more information about minimum browser requirements for Canvas. You will be able to log into Canvas starting January 7. Your written reflection is due January 17.

Note: it may take up to a week after you have submitted your enrollment deposit before you are able to log in to Canvas.


Please note, these sessions will incorporate varied instructional methods and activities. We make every effort to accommodate everyone, regardless of differences in ability. If you anticipate requiring any accommodations or modifications in order to fully participate in your session, we strongly encourage you to fill out this very brief form. You may be contacted by one of our staff to discuss your specific needs in more detail.

Please contact or 607-255-5747 with any questions, concerns, or for more information.