Intercultural Development

Social Justice Peer Educators (SJPE)

Social Justice Peer Education involves interactive workshops that promote social identity development while building a community of social justice advocates on campus.  SJPEs live on each residential block to provide ongoing support to students living in the residence halls.  They may also be requested to present across campus.

 

Diversity Conference Travel Grant (DCAT)

Established in 2018, Gonzaga's Diversity, Inclusion, Community & Equity Grant is designed to support Gonzaga undergraduate students who wish to present at or attend relevant conferences designed to develop personal and professional intercultural competence. Awarding of grants is competitive and limited; submission of this form does not guarantee receipt of the grant. This undergraduate grant is intended as a collaborative funding effort among Student Development department and the DCAT grant. 

All current undergraduate students with at least a 2.0 GPA (cumulative) and no significant conduct violations are eligible for this grant. Students who will attend conferences in the summer after their graduation are ineligible to apply. Preference will be given to students who have been chosen to present at conferences and/or students currently engaged in campus involvement. Students may not receive more than one grant in the same academic year. 

Applicants are reviewed once a month, and students are encouraged to apply early. Here is the link to apply.

 

Intergroup Dialogue (IGD)

Gonzaga's IGD is a collaborative program supported by the division of Student Development, the office of the Dean for Student Engagement, the office of the Chief Diversity Office, and housed within UMEC. Intergroup Dialogues are semester-long, face-to-face, small group discussions around one or more social identities, such as race or gender, led by trained faculty and staff facilitators who create a supportive, yet challenging, space to explore these complex issues. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is an Intergroup Dialogue?

Intergroup Dialogues (IGD) are prolonged (10 week) small group discussions between different groups (e.g. students of color and white students, LGBT students and heterosexual students, etc.) which are led by trained facilitators who create a safe space for intergroup interaction to take place. IGDs can be characterized as face-to-face discussions that are open, honest, challenging, and reflective around issues that exist between groups. Each group is ideally comprised of equal representation of majority and underrepresented participants surrounding each topic. 

Who are the facilitators?

Each group is co-facilitated by a combination of trained staff members and faculty. All facilitators completed training in active listening, conflict management, group processes, and social identity issues prior to the beginning of the dialogues. In each group, one facilitator is a member of the majority identity being explored and the other is a member of the underrepresented identity to ensure balance within the group

Time Commitment

IGD is an eight to ten-week, two hour per week, time commitment. The sessions begin approximately three weeks into the semester with groups offered both in the fall and spring semesters. Attendance will be taken at each session. Many faculty members use IGD as an assignment or to offer extra credit for their courses. At the end of each session, there will be fifteen minutes available for reflection. 

What are the benefits?

By engaging in the IGD program, participants will:

  • engage in meaningful, structured interactions between students of diverse backgrounds
  • increase understanding and awareness of themselves, groups they belong to, and others from different identities
  • become familiar with intergroup issues and challenges related to specific identities in relation to national and global issues
  • critically reflect on personal and shared identity experiences
  • practice the techniques of dialogues
  • become informed and active global citizens

Groups Topics:

Race: This group will explore issues related to race and ethnicity in the United States today. Current events as well as societal structures will be examined, alongside personal identity. 

Gender: Participants in the gender group will have the opportunity to dialogue on issues of gender, sexuality, and the role of gender in society, specifically focusing on the culture within the United States. 

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