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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

Spring 2015 Semester

Undergraduate Participants: Friday, January 30 by midnight

Graduate Facilitators: Tuesday, January 20 by midnight

Want more info?

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


Important Information:

  • Dialogues are 8 weeks long.
  • Dialogues begin on 2/20 and meet until 4/17 (there will be no session on Friday 3/13 or 3/20).
  • All dialogues will meet on FRIDAY from 2-4 PM. (some courses may be held at alternate times)

Additional Graduate Student information:

  • Qualified applicants will  be invited to a group on Friday 1/30; 9:30-11:30a.m. This is mandatory to move forward in the process, please save the date.
  • Accepted Graduate Student Facilitators will be notified by Monday, 2/2 and must confirm participation by Tuesday 2/3.
  • Facilitators will be participate in training, group meetings, and facilitate a dialogue ALL in Spring Semester.
  • Facilitators must be available for MANDATORY training on Friday 2/6 (9-5 PM) AND Saturday 2/7 (10-5 PM).
  • Facilitators must be available on Friday mornings 10:30-12 noon and Friday afternoons 2-4 PM beginning 2/20 (until 4/17) [with the exception of Spring Break - 3/13 or 3/20].
  • 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. If you are selected or have questions about this, we are happy to help you navigate this process.

For more information regarding IGD please contact Paulina Abaunza:


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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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