Intergroup Dialogue Orientation Session

Creating a Community Across Difference: An Introduction to Dialogue


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.

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


Sessions will be held in August during Orientation. The time and location of your assigned session will be available on your To Do List page on August 13.

All incoming first-year students are assigned to one mandatory 2.5-hour session.


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 (available August 13) to upload your written reflection. The written reflection is due August 24.

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 with any questions.