Intergroup dialogues: An innovative approach to teaching about diversity and justice in social work programs

Biren A. Nagda, Margaret L. Spearmon, Lynn Holley, Scott Harding, Mary Lou Balassone, Dominique Moïse-Swanson, Stan De Mello

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This article reports on intergroup dialogues, an innovative pedagogical method to address cultural diversity and social justice issues in social work curricula. Intergroup dialogues - facilitated face-to-face meetings of students from different social identity groups - are aimed at exploring cultural identities and differences, fostering deeper understanding about issues of oppression and privilege, and building alliances for social change. Intergroup dialogue can also serve as a foundation to prepare social workers for culturally competent and social justice-oriented practice. Results from a formative evaluation are included together with suggestions for social work programs interested in incorporating intergroup dialogues into their curricula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-449
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Volume35
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Nagda, B. A., Spearmon, M. L., Holley, L., Harding, S., Balassone, M. L., Moïse-Swanson, D., & De Mello, S. (1999). Intergroup dialogues: An innovative approach to teaching about diversity and justice in social work programs. Journal of Social Work Education, 35(3), 433-449.

Intergroup dialogues : An innovative approach to teaching about diversity and justice in social work programs. / Nagda, Biren A.; Spearmon, Margaret L.; Holley, Lynn; Harding, Scott; Balassone, Mary Lou; Moïse-Swanson, Dominique; De Mello, Stan.

In: Journal of Social Work Education, Vol. 35, No. 3, 1999, p. 433-449.

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Nagda, BA, Spearmon, ML, Holley, L, Harding, S, Balassone, ML, Moïse-Swanson, D & De Mello, S 1999, 'Intergroup dialogues: An innovative approach to teaching about diversity and justice in social work programs', Journal of Social Work Education, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 433-449.
Nagda, Biren A. ; Spearmon, Margaret L. ; Holley, Lynn ; Harding, Scott ; Balassone, Mary Lou ; Moïse-Swanson, Dominique ; De Mello, Stan. / Intergroup dialogues : An innovative approach to teaching about diversity and justice in social work programs. In: Journal of Social Work Education. 1999 ; Vol. 35, No. 3. pp. 433-449.
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