The Intergroup Dialogue Program at SLU was formed by a former CCC staff member with formal IGD training and experience who developed two small, non-credit IGDs 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 program, offered during the 2010-11 academic year.
SLU offered the first IGD courses for credit through the African-American Studies Program in the College of Arts & Sciences, with eight students enrolled in a course focusing on race and 10 students enrolled in the IGD on gender. In the spring 2011 semester, a dialogue on race/ethnicity was also offered to seven students. 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.
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.