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Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:23 PM

Summer 2017 Offerings for Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Scholars

The Intergroup Dialogue Project will host two courses for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars.

  • The first course (course 1) will take place on July 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, and 27th. Each day will go from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.
  • The second course (course 2) will take place on July 31st, August 3rd, August 7th, August 10th, August 14th, and August 17th. Each day will go from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

Please complete the application by Thursday, May 25th. You will be notified June 6th with information regarding the status of your application. Make sure to indicate in the application which course you can participate in. If either course works for you, please indicate that as well. You will only be placed in one of the two courses.

If you have any questions, please contact IDP Program Coordinator, Julia Fleury at or IDP Director, Dr. Adi Grabiner-Keinan at


To apply, please complete the application at

About the Intergroup Dialogue Project

The Intergroup Dialogue Project (IDP) seeks to transform the campus climate at Cornell though courses for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. The courses we offer blend theory with experiential learning, and they are designed to facilitate communication across social, cultural, and power differences in a critical and meaningful way. Focusing on social identities such as race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, ability/disability, and gender, the main goals of IDP are to promote the development of consciousness about social identity, oppression, and privilege; to build relationships across differences and conflicts; and to strengthen individual and collective capacities to promote social justice and equity.

Our main program for undergraduate students has grown rapidly: from 30 students in 2 sections in Fall 2012, to over 200 students in 13 sections in Spring 2017. Our goal is to continue training 200 students per semester so that at any given time there will be at least 1000 students using their skills to make a difference on campus and beyond. IDP is growing to include peer-led programs for staff and faculty as well.

However, graduate students and post-doctoral scholars are required to communicate and work across cultural, social, and power differences on a daily basis. They interact with mentors, colleagues, undergraduate students, and professors in a variety of academic settings, and need to navigate different spaces, ways of thought, and academic practice. Throughout their long and complex training, many of them are also occupied with questions and thoughts about the scholars and professionals they want to become, and how different aspects of their identity might influence their “professional persona."

The Intergroup Dialogue Project, the Graduate School, and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, have been working together to create a meaningful process for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to explore their social identities, to practice communication across difference, and to think together about authentic diversity in academia. This peer-led course enables participants to reflect on their personal experiences related to such issues, but to also explore ways through which they can promote equity and inclusion in their academic spaces and circles.

This summer program offering for Graduate Students and PostdoctoralScholars has been made possible through funding support from the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement and CU-CIRTL.

Read here to see what past participants of the program have said about the impact this experience has had on their personal and professional lives.

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