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Intergroup Dialogue (IGD)

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The Intergroup Dialogue Program is a nationally recognized 1-credit course that brings together small groups of students from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences and gain new knowledge related to diversity and social justice. This 8-week course is open to all NYU undergraduate students, facilitated by graduate students or NYU professionals, and takes place in the Fall and Spring semester.

The IGD model is designed to promote positive intergroup relations among students, staff, and faculty and improve the campus climate at NYU. The model focuses specifically on intergroup dynamics within the context of an institution of higher education while promoting awareness and change in intergroup relations at the individual, cultural, and institutional levels. The guiding assumption is that diversity is an institutional asset and can be used to enhance growth of the NYU community while also achieving specific educational outcomes.

Past IGD sections include: Race, Gender, Bi/Multiracial, Spirituality, Sexuality, Jewish/Muslim, Arts based Race, Faith and Sexuality, and Jewish/Black.

IGD Application Deadlines

Fall 2014 Semester

Undergraduate Participants:

Graduate Facilitators:


Want more info?

Drop by our offices in Kimmel 806 or email Paulina Abaunza.


Important Information:

  • Dialogues are 8 weeks long.
  • Dialogues begin on September 26th, 2014 and will last until November 14th, 2014.
  • All dialogues will meet on FRIDAY from 2:15PM-4:15PM. (some courses may be held at alternate times)

Additional Graduate Student information:

  • Applicants may be contacted for an interview.
  • Facilitators will be participate in training, group meetings, and facilitate a dialogue in Fall and Spring Semester.
  • Facilitators must be available for MANDATORY training.
  • Facilitators must be available on Friday mornings 10:30-12 noon beginning 9/09/2014 (until 11/14/14) and Friday afternoons 2:15-4:15 PM beginning 9/26/14 (until 11/14/14, including celebration).
  • Facilitators are also required to have weekly meetings with their coach, submit session feedback forms, and complete an evaluation of their session upon completion of facilitation.
  • Due to the commitment IGD requires, facilitators are strongly encouraged to look into IGD as a Field Work or Independent Study.

For more information regarding IGD please contact Paulina Abaunza at or 212-998-4418.


For more information, please contact Paulina Abaunza at

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  • "The IGD class enables students to learn valuable lessons beyond what we would learn in other classes. IGD was one the best experiences I'€™ve had and definitely the best class. I'€™m glad I took this class and got to meet such wonderful individuals and facilitators."
  • "I felt challenged- left every session with a headache, which is a good thing. I'€™m excited to pursue actions from the things I'€™ve learned, continue with my sociology major, and take IGD again in the future. I'€™ve become more proud that I attend NYU."
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