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Common Ground Intergroup Dialogue (IGD)

D'Angelo Center Building
Common Ground is a program through the Office of Multicultural Affairs that provides opportunities for diverse groups of students to come together to engage in peer-led dialogues about issues that have important implications in our society.

Key characteristics of Common Ground Intergroup Dialogue:

  • All Common Ground dialogue groups are co-led by pairs of St John’s University undergraduate students called Intergroup Dialogue facilitators who have gone through extensive training. Common Ground is a student-oriented program; all dialogue groups are for students and led by students.
  • One of the fundamental principles underlying the Common Ground program is that some of the most powerful learning occurs through exposure to and consideration of multiple perspectives. Therefore, one of our most important goals is to create a dialogue group environment in which students talk openly and candidly about serious issues related to identity and inequities while also listening carefully to the views and experiences of others, especially if someone has a view that is different from their own. We hope that each person emerges from the experience with a deeper and more complete understanding of the issues presented and their complexities.

You can apply to be a Common Ground Intergroup Dialogue facilitator at https://sju.formstack.com/forms/igdapp. Applications are due October 15 at Noon.