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

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

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Abstract

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
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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