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Facilitating Change through Intergroup Dialogue
Social Justice Advocacy in Practice

Edited By

Kristie Ford

ISBN 9781138236448
Published July 11, 2017 by Routledge
174 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In order both to prepare for an increasingly diverse society and to help students navigate diverse learning environments, many institutions of higher education have developed programs that support student learning and competencies around inter- and intra-group relations. Facilitating Change through Intergroup Dialogue: Social Justice Advocacy in Practice traces the impact of Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) courses on peer-facilitators who delivered Skidmore College’s IGD curricula over a five-year period. Through a series of in-depth qualitative interviews and auto-ethnographies, this book explores how former IGD facilitators are applying what they learned to their personal and professional lives three to five years post-college. By exploring facilitators' application of IGD skills, understanding of social justice, and the challenges inherent in this work, Facilitating Change through Intergroup Dialogue offers concrete strategies for supporting undergraduate students in their enduring efforts towards justice.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part 1: Contextualizing Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) Facilitation

  1. Introduction: The Power of Dialogue
  2. Kristie A. Ford

  3. Skidmore College as a National Leader: Institutional Context and Methods of Inquiry Kristie A. Ford
  4. Part 2: IGD Facilitator Reflections

    Higher Educational Institutions

    Preface to the Auto-Ethnographies

    Kristie A. Ford

  5. On Becoming a Social Justice Advocate
  6. Victoria K. Malaney

  7. Social Justice in Action and Inaction
  8. Sarah Faude

    Schools, Non-Profits, and Community Organizations

  9. Learning the Meaning of True Advocacy
  10. Teshika R. Hatch

  11. Interrogating Privilege
  12. Luna Malachowski Bajak

  13. Toward a New Operational Paradigm for Social Justice
  14. Stephen A. Bissonnette


    Synthesizing Patterns: Developing as Advocates for Change

  15. Communicating Differently Post-College: An Analysis of IGD Skills and Outcomes
  16. Heather J. Lipkin and Kristie A. Ford

  17. Working Towards Social Justice Advocacy
  18. Kristie A. Ford and Heather J. Lipkin

  19. A White Male’s Post-College Reflections on Race, Resistance, and Social Change Kristie A. Ford
  20. Part 3: Beyond IGD Facilitation

  21. "I Wouldn’t be the Person I Am Without IGR": Implications and Conclusions
  22. Kristie A. Ford and Heather J. Lipkin

  23. The Dialogue Continues: The Future of IGD

Stephen A. Bissonnette and Victoria K. Malaney

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Kristie A. Ford is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Intergroup Relations Program at Skidmore College, USA.


Dr. Kristie Ford and colleagues provide an important contribution to our understanding of the post-college life and career choices following students’ roles as intergroup dialogue facilitators and intergroup relations minors. The narratives are compelling and illuminate the broader transferable skills that leadership in undergraduate social justice education offers. This book supports what many of us in higher education have believed---leadership in social justice activities creates powerful advocates and allies that use their learning as they navigate personal and professional relationships. I highly recommend this book for social justice educators who are mentoring undergraduates and especially for student leaders considering their post-college options.

--Kelly Maxwell, Co-Director and Lecturer, The Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan, USA