The Vermont Connection


In today’s colleges and universities, administrators wrestle with how to create and maintain diverse campus climates. While many institutions recruit students with a wide variety of experiences and identities, often times these students will self-segregate into like-minded or like-experienced peer groups upon their arrival to campus. Interaction between these groups of students may be minimal at best if an institution does not intentionally provide a safe, supportive and confidential space in which students can establish meaningful relationships with members of a different social identity group. This article will present one method of social justice education known as intergroup dialogues as a means of engaging students in sustained cross-group interaction.