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iDialogues

What is iDialogues?

iDialogues” is an 8-week educational series that creates an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to engage in intergroup dialogue through the lens of social group identity, power dynamics, conflict, and community. This program is designed for students to develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of how to become agents of social change in the context of both Vanderbilt and its surrounding communities.

 

What Will You Learn?

  1. Students will have an opportunity for self-exploration of their identities and how it affects their understanding of society.
  2. Students will gain an understanding of the foundational theories pertaining to difference, privilege and oppression as relevant issues facing modern America.
  3. Students with have an opportunity to deepen the level of authentic dialogue across difference.
  4. Students will gain practical communication and leadership tools necessary to effectively navigate multicultural communities with sensitivity, empathy, and confidence through the building of an inclusion action plan.

How to Apply:

Applications open September 5th! Log in to AnchorLink and apply here.

Fall 2017 Program Information and Sessions

Cohort will meet every Tuesday from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in the Student Center for Social Justice & Identity training space on the third floor of Sarratt, unless otherwise noted.

September 6th, 7th, and 8th- Informational Sessions

These informational sessions are an opportunity for you to ask questions and learn more specifically about iDialogues.  The session on September 7th will be held in Commons 223.

September 26th- Who Am I?

This session will focus on the importance of setting dialogue norms and expectations. Students will also gain an awareness of self-identities and the commonalities within the cohort.

October 3rd- Historical Legacies and Socialization

This session will focus on developing an understanding of privilege and power. Students will also focus on how one’s identity perpetuates power and privilege within the context of both Vanderbilt and the surrounding communities.

October 10th- Power, Privilege, and Systems of Oppression

This session will focus on how societal constructs have perpetuated individuals and communities to learn and internalize various norms and stereotypes about groups other than their own.

October 17th- Internalization

This session will focus on the concepts of internalized pride and oppression within group memberships and its intersections (i.e. gender, ability, religious affiliations, etc.) being understood in the context of oppression, privilege, and justice.

October 24th- Navigating Difficult Conversations- Part I

This session will focus on engaging into a difficult, historical, societal, and institutional issue of racism. Students will learn how to engage in controversial subjects in a supportive and nonjudgmental way.

October 31st- Navigating Difficult Conversations- Part II

This session will focus on engaging into a difficult, current, societal, and institutional issue of racism. Students will learn how to engage in controversial subjects in a supportive and nonjudgmental way.

November 7th- Working Toward Justice- Part I

This session will focus on exploring how students can build and become allies to change some of the inequities in our society and campus.

November 15th- Working Toward Justice- Part II

This session will focus on student reflections and self-commitments to be social justice change agents and empower others to lead within their communities.

 

Questions? Please contact ReChard Peel, at recahrd.l.peel@vanderbilt.edu