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Transformational Intergroup Dialogue

Part One: Introduction to Transformational Intergroup Dialogue

In Part 1: Introduction to Transformational Intergroup Dialogue, the workshop will focus on helping participants understand the challenges of intergroup interactions in the areas of facilitating, teaching, leading, and managing diverse groups around diversity issues. The workshop will encourage participants to identify the individual, emotional and socio-cultural factors affecting their ability to relate to others in their professional roles. The goal of the workshop is for participants to explore strategies for gaining the trust and respect of individuals who are culturally different from themselves and develop an awareness of their own obstacles to intergroup interaction, engagement, and leadership.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their intergroup communication obstacles and collectively reflect on the institutional, social and individual barriers that hinder intergroup cooperation. During the workshop, the facilitators will engage participants in a number of experiential learning exercises to engender trust among participants and to create a learning environment that supports the expression of constructive conflicts.

Part 1: Key Dimensions of the Introductory Workshop: The Practice of Dialogue

  • Introduction to Transformational Intergroup Dialogue – Theory, Practice, and Facilitation

  • Building Trust for Dialogue: Understanding the Facilitation Posture 

  • Narrative Knowledge: Integrating Participant Hopes and Fears into the Dialogue Process

  • Conceptual Framing and Application: Dialoguing for Transformation 

Goals of the first workshop:

  • Experience how transformational intergroup dialogue improves understanding and relationships between groups

  • Develop an awareness of one's own obstacles to facilitating, teaching, leading and managing diverse groups

  • Recognize facilitation assets and liabilities

  • Identify areas to change, improve or transform as a facilitator, leader, manager or group member when working with diverse groups