Becoming an Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator
As an intergroup dialogue facilitator you will:
- Get experience leading groups of peers through a process of listening and learning from sharing our lived experiences;
- Develop a collaborative relationship with another peer co-facilitator as you plan and guide dialogues in partnership;
- Collaborate with faculty in co-creating the learning environment for a CMU intergroup dialogue course such as IGR 145 (Racism and Racial Justice through Dialogue) or IGR/WGS 245 (Gender Identities in Dialogue);
- Build transferable skills in dialogic communication, building relationships across difference, navigating conflict, and inclusive leadership practices;
- Gain opportunities to apply your skills in programs across campus through the CMU Institute for Transformative Dialogue;
- Connect with a community of peers, faculty, and staff who are passionate and committed to creating justice and inclusion on campus and in the world.
Frequently asked questions
How do I pursue qualifications and apply to be a facilitator?
Step 1: Complete an intergroup dialogue, such as IGR 145 or IGR/WGS 245
Step 2: Complete training in intergroup dialogue facilitation (IGR 355/445)
Step 3: Apply for a 3-credit facilitator internship position (IGR 365)
How does dialogue facilitation fit into my academic plans?
The 9-credit sequence fits into multiple paths that supplement any major:
Intergroup Relations and Justice (minor)
Cultural Competency (certificate)
Multicultural Advancement Scholar protocol
Leadership Advancement Scholar protocol
IGR courses also satisfy elements of programs such as Women and Gender Studies, Philosophy, Leadership, Social Work, Honors (contract), and more!
What can I expect in Training in Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation (IGR 355/445)?
This small, team-taught course gives you experiential training in facilitating group dialogues on oppression, privilege, and social justice as well as the background to understand intergroup communication. It's a hands-on course, where we build community and (we hope!) have fun learning together. The course level reflects that you are learning an advanced skill, but students can take it as early as first year!
What experience will I gain as a dialogue facilitator?
In the internship, you will co-facilitate small group dialogues across differences for students enrolled in an intergroup dialogue course, such as IGR 145 or IGR/WGS 245. In collaboration with IGR faculty, staff, and peers, you will learn to build relationships across difference and effectively lead diverse groups. You will gain experience in social justice education, inclusive team practices, and co-creating visions and actions for democracy and justice.
Can I facilitate dialogues for more than one semester?
Yes! After completing the training and internship sequence, you are eligible to apply for student employment as a returning facilitator.