WORKSHOP PROGRAM

Our co-curricular sessions are specifically tailored to foster social identity development, develop dialogue as a tool for communication, and enhance group dynamics while inspiring participants to explore avenues for social justice advocacy in their personal and professional lives. Through experiential learning exercises and authentic dialogue, participants gain practical skills for making their student organizations more inclusive environments. We enable participants to better understand the diverse social identities that comprise Cornell’s campus and to learn about communicating across difference.

If your organization is interested in collaborating with IDP, please complete a Workshop Inquiry Form, and we will follow up with you.

We tailor your workshop to your group’s needs. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, we will work with you to determine your group’s needs and objectives. This may involve assistance navigating difficult conversations or events, that incorporate critical pieces of both the content (i.e., social identities, privilege, and oppression) and the process skills (i.e., active and empathetic listening, responding to challenging statements) of intergroup dialogue.

We offer thematic workshops for multiple contexts. Beyond purely academic or student group-contexts, we also conduct workshops that inculcate skills needed in professional settings. Themes include leadership development, professional development, group dynamics, and the practicing of skills for effective communication across difference in the workplace, among many others.

Our workshops are interactive and engaging. Rather than offering a purely instructional approach, our workshops incorporate experiential activities in small-group settings to engage all participants. Furthermore, participants learn to engage in authentic dialogue, and in the process gain practical skills for transforming their offices, classrooms and student groups into spaces where everyone can be heard and people are able to bring their authentic selves.

The Intergroup Dialogue Team are incredible resources for me and the Hotel School community. It’s cool when you can brainstorm an idea and/or vision and your colleagues assist you with making it a reality. IDP is grounded in meeting people where they are as it relates to theory and experiential learning. I trust and believe in their work!

Victor Younger (Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Services, The Hotel School, SC Johnson College of Business)

IDP presented workshops for a cohort of high school students on diversity issues and higher education. IDP was very flexible in adapting their workshops to the unique needs of our students. The participating students shared overwhelmingly favorable feedback. Students mentioned that the skills gained would be useful in everyday life situations, it was eye-opening for many, helped them understand their own and other’s different identities, and, for some, it was the best event they attended during their summer at Cornell.

Dr. Florenica Ardon (Advisor, Office of Academic and Diversity Initiatives, Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees)

IDP student facilitators are skilled and dedicated peer leaders. They have added a special dimension to our events and programming, helping us meet our learning goals while serving as strong role models for our emerging engaged leaders.

Mike Bishop (Director, Student Leadership, Office of Engagement Initiatives)

Please contact the IDP Program Coordinator, Natasha Steinhall (nms68@cornell.edu) if you are interested in receiving an application for EDUC 4826.