Exploring Race through Dialogue
September 29th – November 17th | Fridays 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
What is iGroup?
PLU iGroup is an intergroup dialogue community inviting students to explore topics of identity formation, social systems, equity, and collaboration for positive change. PLU iGroup meets for 7 weeks in the Fall (Exploring Race) and Spring (Exploring Gender) with the aim to strengthen understanding of self and cultivate a cohort of social justice minded leaders.
- To share stories of how our understandings of who we are (identity) is always in flux, and that social context influences how we see ourselves in the world
- To engage students through dialogue about individual identity and social systems
- To foster intergroup understanding and lasting relationships
- Provide space for intergroup collaboration to enact positive social change within multiple communities.
The Fall 2017 iGroup dialogue is as follows:
Week One: Group Beginnings (Sep. 29): We will get to know our dialogue community through exploration of salient identities and develop community foundations.
Week Two: Exploring difference (Oct. 6): We will utilize storytelling to share significance of our cultural artifacts and examine privilege.
Week Three: Exploring difference (Oct. 13): Dialoging about experiences at PLU in racial caucus groups (White, Student of Color, Multi-Racial).
Mid-Semester Break: No Meeting (Oct. 20)
Week Four: Examining hot topic issues (Oct. 27): Exploring intersectionality and personal events that shape our understanding of our identities and our communities.
Week Five: Examining hot topic issues (Nov. 3): Dialoging about current events in racial caucus groups (White, Student of Color, Multi-Racial) and determining what it means to do anti-racist work.
Week Six: Action (Nov. 10): Practicing what it takes to work collaboratively towards positive social change through action.
Week Seven: Standing in Solidarity (Nov. 17): Examining the term “Ally” and developing personal commitments to interrupt racism in our communities.