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Intergroup Dialogue History

The Intergroup Dialogue Program at SLU was initially developed as a grassroots initiative by a former CCC staff member, Kenjus Watson, whom had previously received formal training in intergroup dialogue. Two small, non-credit dialogues were held at SLU in fall 2009 and spring 2010, generating interest about IGD among students and staff. Six students from the original dialogue course received formal intergroup dialogue facilitator training and assisted in developing an elective credit-based dialogue course, which was offered in during the 2010-2011 academic year.

In Fall 2011, CCC Program Coordinator of Multicultural Education worked with Dr. Karla Scott, associate professor of Communication, to restructure the intergroup dialogue course for review and approval for a permanent course number by the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee. In November 2011, the course received a permanent course number, and was approved to fulfill the Arts and Sciences Social Science and U.S. Cultural Diversity core requirements. Since Spring 2012, Intergroup Dialogue has been available as an undergraduate course to students out of the College of Arts & Sciences. Intergroup dialogue is now offered out of the Department of Communication and is cross-listed with the African American Studies Program. In addition, this course is eligible to be applied to Micah Program Interdisciplinary Minor.

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