EDUC 2610: Intergroup Dialogue

Fall 2017 Class Times: 

Tuesday 10:10 AM – 1:10 PM

Tuesday 1:25 PM – 4:25 PM

Wednesday 10:10 AM – 1:10 PM

Wednesday 1:25 PM – 4:25 PM

Wednesday 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Click here to view EDUC 2610 in the Fall 2017 Class Roster.


Spring 2018 Class Times: 

Monday 10:10 AM – 1:10 PM

Monday 1:25 PM – 4:25 PM

Monday 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Tuesday 10:10 AM – 1:10 PM

Tuesday 1:25 PM – 4:25

Click here to view EDUC 2610 in the Spring 2018 Class Roster.

About EDUC 2610

Intergroup Dialogue is a collection of three-credit peer-facilitated sections, structured to foster communication and collaboration across sociocultural and power differences. By blending theory and experiential learning – introducing participants to core social justice issues through reading materials, and inculcating the key skills for dialoguing across deeply-held value differences – the course strives to prepare students for living and working in an increasingly diverse world.

IDP is a course unlike any other at Cornell; each participant plays the equally important roles of being a teacher and a learner. Our unique, peer-facilitated approach encourages the honest sharing of lived experiences of privilege and oppression – adding a powerful, personal dimension to the dialogue. This mix of storytelling and academic theories, not only challenges deeply entrenched views, but also collectively reshapes one’s understanding of social identities, equity, and justice. Through learning to converse and collaborate with peers from all walks of life, these dialogues further strengthen individual and collective capacities to advance social justice. The course has had an indelible impact on students, and has grown immensely through word-of-mouth. Since its inception in Fall 2012, EDUC 2610 has grown from 30 students in 2 dialogues to over 200 students in 13 dialogues today. We remain committed to our goal of training at least 200 students each semester; meeting this target ensures that at any given time, there are at least 1000 students on campus using their skills to make a difference on campus and beyond.

The Enrollment Process

Each section comprises 10 -15 undergraduate participants and two trained peer facilitators, and focuses on one of several social identities – race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, (dis)ability, sexual orientation or nationality. Each class meets once a week for three hours. To maximize learning and the opportunity for meaningful intergroup dialogue, sections are created to ensure a mixed and balanced representation of views, experiences and identities. For example, a nationality dialogue will be half international students and/or immigrants and half students who are U.S. citizens. For this reason, it is necessary for us to collect information about our students social identities. We do this via our Placement Form.

We ask that everyone who enrolls in EDUC 2610 complete our Placement Form within 24 hours of enrolling in Student Center. 

The Placement Form asks you to disclose basic demographic information, to self-identify various social identities, and to rank your dialogue topic preferences. We use this information to determine what topics can be offered each semester and which sections students will be enrolled in. Because of Cornell’s enrollment structure and the change that happens during the Add/Drop Period, we do not know the topics or section assignments until the first day of class. All of the information in the Placement Form is kept strictly confidential and is only accessible to the IDP Director, Assistant Director, and Program Assistant. The information collected is used to create the sections, as well as compile demographic data for research purposes, but the information you disclose will never be shared or used for any other purposes.

You do not need to disclose an identity if you are not comforatable doing so, but you do need to complete the Placement Form in order to maintain enrollment status in the course.

Section’s full? Add your name to the waitlist.

Complete the Placement Form to add your name to the waitlist. We will contact you if a space opens up.

EDUC 2610 fulfills the following requirements:

  • CALS: Diversity (D), Cultural Analysis (CA), & Social Behavior Analysis (SBA) distributions requirements.
  • ENG: Diversity (D), Cultural Analysis (CA), & Social Behavior Analysis (SBA) distributions requirements.
  • CHE: Cultural Analysis (CA) and Social Behavior Analysis (SBA) distribution requirements.
  • Applicable to CALS Education Minor and CALS Leadership Minor

Please contact the IDP Program Assistant, Natasha Steinhall at or 607-255-5747 with any questions, concerns, or for more information.