"I" Statements

Cornell University’s Intergroup Dialogue Project presents I Statements, a podcast where complexity, vulnerability, and curiosity collide. In each episode people with different identities come together to share their own beliefs, experiences, and perspectives, demonstrating the power and possibility inherent in communicating across difference.

New episodes are released the first Monday of each month.

Episode 9

Posted: 09/16/2020
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In this episode, Bert, Janani, and Rachel talk about the things they imagined when they were children, how they imagine what’s possible for themselves, and the role of imagination in creating a more just and equitable world. Cornell University’s Intergroup Dialogue Project proudly presents “I” Statements, a podcast where complexity, vulnerability, and curiosity collide. Music written and performed by Evan Wilhelms. Audio production from Bert Odom-Reed.

Episode 8

Posted: 08/03/2020
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In this episode, Natasha, Rachel, and Stephen talk about their experiences learning to listen, connecting to others through listening, and asking themselves questions about who they listen to and why. Cornell University’s Intergroup Dialogue Project proudly presents “I” Statements, a podcast where complexity, vulnerability, and curiosity collide. Music written and performed by Evan Wilhelms.

Episode 7

Posted: 07/06/2020
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In this episode, Rachel, Rheeda, and Tony talk about rest, including how they think about rest during this historic moment characterized by a pandemic and widespread protests against anti-Black racism. They also share where and when they experience rest and ask, rest: what is it good for? Cornell University’s Intergroup Dialogue Project proudly presents “I” Statements, a podcast where complexity, vulnerability, and curiosity collide. Music written and performed by Evan Wilhelms.

Episode 6

Posted: 06/02/2020
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In this episode, Jeannie, Owen, and Rachel talk about when they experience connection to themselves and others, and also how some of the messages they’ve received throughout their lives make it challenging to connect. Spoiler alert: This episode features a cute story about friendship and an invasive species (buckthorn). Cornell University’s Intergroup Dialogue Project proudly presents “I” Statements, a podcast where complexity, vulnerability, and curiosity collide. Music written and performed by Evan Wilhelms.

Episode 5

Posted: 05/04/2020
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In this episode, Jum, Natalie, and Rachel discuss their expectations related to community, when and how they’ve built community, and the ways in which the Coronavirus pandemic has affected their experience of community.

Episode 4

Posted: 04/06/2020
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In this episode, Baba, Janani, and Rachel describe the messages they’ve been told about humility, when they’ve been humbled, and their struggles to find the right level of humility for themselves as they move throughout the world.

Episode 3

Posted: 02/03/2020
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In this episode, Natoshia, Rachel, and Tony talk about what it means when they feel joy, how joy connects to the stories we tell about ourselves, and the importance of seeing one’s own experiences of joy represented in the world.  Music written and performed by Evan Wilhelms.

Episode 2

Posted: 01/06/2020
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In this episode, Rachel, Ruju, and Stephen talk about times when they’ve felt a lack of access in their own lives, examples of when having access has made them feel connected to others, and questions about what access means.   Music written and performed by Evan Wilhelms.

Episode 1

Posted: 11/15/2019
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In this episode Baba, Jeannie, and Rachel talk about intergroup dialogue. Reflecting on interactions with fellow students, teammates, and colleagues, these three describe some of the challenges and opportunities they’ve experienced when having candid conversations about social identity.