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Program Overview:  

iDialogues is an 10-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. For over six years, this in-person program was 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.  

While still incorporating social justice education, the iDialogues curriculum has been re-imagined to increase elements of intercultural competence. Students who participate in the iDialogues program will be able to better understand how their cultural identities influence personal experiences. Students will be able to synthesize skills through interactive and reflective activities that to communicate across differences. 

Applications will be open in January 3rd, 2022 on AnchorLink! The deadline to apply is January 24th!

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Applications for the iDialogues Program will open Monday, January 3rd, 2022 and close Monday, January 24th via AnchorLink. 


  1. Be in good standing with Vanderbilt University.  
  2. Be a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours/semester). 
  3. Follow university-affiliated updated COVID-19 guidelines.  
  4. Be willing to lean into your learning edges as we discuss topics rooted in intercultural competency and social justice education (e.g., power and privilege, effective communication, and socialization). 
  5. Must complete the iDialogues application by the indicated deadline. 
  6. Able to attend the iDialogues Retreat on Sunday, February 6th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  
  7. Able to attend the iDialogues sessions each Thursday from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (2/10/22 – 4/14/22). 

The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity (SCSJI) reserves the right to accept or deny applications for the iDialogues program. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kauthar Gaber, SCSJI Program Coordinator ( or Emma Baker, Graduate Assistant (  

Session Descriptions

This session will focus on the importance of setting dialogue norms and expectations. Students will set their own guidelines and comfort levels and explore the purpose and power of dialogue.

This session will focus on developing an understanding of social identities and how they affect one’s perceptions of the world around them. Students will discuss their experiences with and understandings of various parts of their identity.

This session will focus on how prejudices and social inequality are socially constructed over long periods of time. Students will discuss how they are taught about identity throughout their lifetimes and how historical events continue play a role in the perpetuation of inequality in the present.

This session will focus on the concepts of power, privilege, and systems of oppression. Students will analyze the various ways oppressive systems operate and intersect to influence people’s lived experiences.

This session will focus on participating in dialogue and making meaning of difficult and controversial issues that impact American society broadly

This session will focus on participating in dialogue and making meaning of difficult and controversial issues that impact the Vanderbilt and Nashville community.

This session will focus on how students can become agents of social change in their various communities and social spheres. Students will make meaning of social justice and equity while engaging in dialogue about steps they can take to make society and campus more equitable for all.

Students will have the opportunity to connect with community partners off campus who are actively involved in social justice work.