Diversity Intergroup DialogueClass Term:
Fall Term 2020-2021Catalog Number:
1 (1 Contact, 0 Field)Priority:
General Enrollment CourseFull Year Course:
This workshop consists of twelve, two-hour sessions.
This will be a highly interactive workshop. Students are expected to have completed all assigned readings in advance of our meetings and come prepared for vigorous and respectful discussion. The workshop process is designed to stimulate learning, growth and engagement across the cultural identities identified above to provide students with the affective, behavioral and cognitive acumen that will promote skill-building to navigate effectively in our increasingly pluralistic nation and world.
A final paper which must be a minimum of 5 and not more than 10 pages is required by the conclusion of the academic term.
The Workshop will be graded as “Pass/Fail”. Evaluation will be based upon a final paper and on class presentation throughout the term.
The Diversity Intergroup Dialogue Workshop is open to all 2L, 3L, LLM, MSL and joint-degree Pitt Law students and brings together those with diverse cultural and social identities in a small group setting, with the goal of engaging students in experiential learning as well as open and constructive dialogue concerning issues of intergroup relations, conflict and community. Students will learn from each other’s experiences and examine how race, ethnicity, class, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression relate to power and privilege; and will practice constructive approaches to dialogue and the bridging of differences. Students will also consider how attorneys in a pluralistic society can use Intergroup Dialogue skills to better serve clients, advance causes and enhance professional satisfaction. Students will expand their learning through readings and participating in workshop activities and interactive discussions.