Intergroup Dialogue FAQ


For Students

What is Intergroup Dialogue?

Quotes from the article entitled "Bridging Differences Through Dialogue" by Ximena Zúñiga

  • "Intergroup dialogue is a face-to-face facilitated conversation between members of two or more social identity groups that strives to create new levels of understanding, relating, and action."
  • "Intergroup dialogues encourage direct encounter and exchange about contentious issues, especially those associated with issues of social identity and social stratification [the hierarchical or vertical division of society according to rank, caste, or class]."
  • "… the dialogues build dispositions and skills for developing and maintaining relationships across differences and for taking action for equity and social justice."

How will this course benefit me?

This is not your typical course. As a nationally recognized course, now offered here at Florida State University, the Intergroup Dialogue format will involve small group discussion, interactive activities, and critical thinking and development in skills of dialogue and community building. Regardless of your major or intended profession, Leadership through Intergroup Dialogue can help you develop the skills you need to successfully lead or be part of a diverse team. Upon completion, you can expect to have gained:

  • Increased self-awareness and understanding of one's own social identities
  • Awareness of perspectives outside of one's own social identity groups
  • A deeper understanding of power, privilege and the social systems that govern the world in which we live
  • Improved intercultural communication skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills


Can I use this course for the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society or Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies?

Yes. This class fulfills the Leadership Education component of the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society requirements. Also, this course is a supporting (elective) course for the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies!


Do I need to apply to enroll in the Leadership through Intergroup Dialogue course?

No. Registration is open to all interested students and can be completed through the myFSU portal.


Are there any textbooks required for this course?



How is the course graded?

Intergroup Dialogue is a 3‐credit, letter‐graded course. The final course grade is based on attendance, participation, weekly journal entries and assigned papers and projects.


Is Intergroup Dialogue offered during the summer term?

At the current time we have not decided to offer the Leadership Through Intergroup Dialogue course for the Summer term, but please check back with us to be notified if we do.


I have more questions about the course and/or the enrollment process. Who should I contact?

Course coordinator Amber Hampton coordinates the enrollment process for this course. She can be reached at


I am a student and would like to facilitate a dialogue or intergroup dialogue for my student organization or campus team. Who should I contact?

Please email Amber Hampton at


How do I become a trained intergroup dialogue facilitator?

Please email Amber Hampton at


For Faculty / Staff

I am a faculty or staff member and want to learn how to facilitate dialogue. Tell me how!

Amber, along with staff members in the Center for Leadership & Social Change, are happy to teach you or present for your class or staff. Please email with more details for your request!


Who is eligible to become an instructor for Leadership through Intergroup Dialogue?

Any faculty or professional staff member interested in identity exploration and community building through intergroup dialogue


What kind of training do course instructors receive?

Since guiding intergroup dialogue requires an advanced set of facilitation skills, instructors will receive periodic training throughout the summer prior to teaching the course.


Will I be instructing the course alone?

No. Each section of Leadership through Intergroup Dialogue will have two facilitators whose social identity groups represent the diversity in the classroom. You will be paired with another faculty member or administrator trained to be a facilitator prior to the start of the semester.


How do I become a trained intergroup dialogue facilitator?

Contact Amber Hampton at


Can I recommend another faculty or staff member for consideration as an intergroup dialogue facilitator?

Absolutely! Please email Amber Hampton at for more information.

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