IGD Functions and Priorities

In partnership with others, IGD leads efforts to develop and sustain a campus-wide Intergroup Dialogue program. Intergroup dialogues involve structured, sustained, face-to-face meetings of individuals representing two or more social identity groups who have a history of conflict or potential conflict. They are intended to foster increased understanding of commonalities and differences between and among groups, develop dialogue skills to better communicate and work through conflicts, and form alliances and empower groups and individuals to take collective action for social change. IUPUI's IGD Initiative is broad, encompassing efforts to incorporate IGD pedagogy, practices, and principles into undergraduate, graduate, and professional curriculum, student co-curricular learning, research, staff, and faculty professional development, and community engagement. 

IGD partners with other offices, departments, and individuals to develop and support campus-wide initiatives and programs that foster and improve the campus climate for civility, collegiality, and civil discourse and to develop and facilitate public forums on issues of mutual concern among campus constituents. We also support and facilitate educational opportunities for campus members to develop skills and competencies in dialogue, civil discourse, and conflict resolution.