Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) Symposium: Learning from its Past and Mapping its Future
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This Symposium will bring together the Five College Consortium as well as approximately 25 other colleges/universities in the Northeast.

IGD students, educators, scholars, and practitioners are invited to reflect on IGD’s past, present, and future role in creating change within higher educational institutions.

Events include a film featuring some of the founders and early adopters of IGD, Dr. Barbara Love moderating a “Launching Leadership” style conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum and Dr. Ximena Zúñiga, and concurrent sessions on pedagogical innovations and future consideration for IGD.

Event Contacts: Kristie Ford, Presidential Fellow and incoming Professor in the Sociology and Critical Race & Political Economy Departments and Marcella Runell, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.

Physical location and accessibility: The symposium will take place in two locations. The Art Museum is accessible via a ground level entrance; the auditorium used in the building has stadium seating with shallow steps and is wheelchair accessible; microphones are used in the venue. The film will be shown with closed captions in the auditorium. Classrooms in the Art Building (which is the same building as the Art Museum) are on the 2nd floor and are accessible via an elevator or stairs, they are flat floors with classroom style seating and are wheelchair accessible. The Willits-Hallowell Center is two levels with a lift available between floors; a microphone is used in the largest space (Morrison Room): Willits-Hallowell Center | Meet at Mount Holyoke College (

For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please contact the event contacts below. Please make accommodation requests no later than October 31 to give implementation time, however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

Parking: As space is limited, we encourage you to carpool when possible. Those driving should park in visitor parking or in one of the following faculty/staff lots: Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, Prospect Hall, MacGregor Hall (upper level), Torrey Hall, or Gorse Children's Center. You will not need a parking pass during the hours of the Symposium. Accessible parking, for those with a permit, is available directly in front of the Art Museum and the Willits-Hallowell Conference Center.

Register for this Symposium

If you are attending from one of the Five Colleges (Mount Holyoke, Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, or UMass-Amherst) please register using this form
UPDATE: The Five College enrollment slots are now full. Please add your name to the waitlist.

Those attending from other institutions must register and pay online ahead of time.
Once registered, refund requests will not be granted after October 13, 2023.

Space is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis; once full, we will add names to our waitlist.

Planning Committee
  • Nicole Amrani
  • Latrina Denson
  • Sara English
  • Alicia Erwin
  • Kristie Ford
  • Lauren Gaia
  • Molly Keehn
  • Brenda Payette
  • Suparna Roychoudhury
  • Marcella Runell
  • Our Co-Sponsors
    Mount Holyoke College
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office
  • Division of Student Life
  • President’s Office
  • Provost’s Office
  • Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Grant

    UMASS Amherst
  • Social Justice Education Concentration, College of Education,
  • Diversity Education and Training, Student Affairs and Campus Life
  • Advocacy, Inclusion, and Support Programs

    Amherst College
  • Student Affairs

    Hampshire College
  • Community Commons
  • The Division of Justice, Equity, and Antiracism

    Smith College
  • Office of Equity & Inclusion

  • Five College Consortium
  • Five College IGD Collaborative
  • Five College Lecture Fund
  • Anonymous Donation
  • Hotel Information
    Hampton Inn - $129
    600 Memorial Drive
    Chicopee, MA
    Direct Booking
    Contact: Anita Ruge, Director of Sales
    Cut-off Date: 10/17/23

    Fairfield Inn by Marriott - $149
    229 Whiting Farms Road
    Holyoke, MA
    Direct Booking
    Contact: Donna Ritchie, Sales Manager
    Cut-off Date: 10/6/23

    Tru Hotel - $169
    440 Memorial Drive
    Chicope, MA
    Direct Booking
    Greg Routen, Sales Manager
    Rachel Mawrocki, General Manager
    Cut-off Date: 10/18/23
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    Quiet Spaces
  • Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary (in Abbey Chapel): This space is available to Symposium participants who would like a place for prayer, meditation, or spiritual reflection on November 17th (except between 6:00-8:00 pm) and all day on November 18th (except between 10-12 noon).
  • Reflection Room (Art 221): This room is reserved for Symposium participants who would like a space to decompress, reflect, or engage in quiet contemplation.
  • Sensory-Friendly Environment (Art 220): This room is reserved for participants who would like a reduced noise / low stimuli space during the Symposium.
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    Odyssey Bookshop Discount

    9 College Street, South Hadley MA 01075
    We hope you’ll make time to visit the Odyssey Bookshop across the street in The Village Commons. Present your conference credentials to receive 10% off IGD titles.

    Group Guidelines

    Group Guidelines: We ask for participants to honor these group guidelines during the Symposium:
    1. We commit to learn from each other. We will listen to each other and not talk at each other.

    2. We commit to confidentiality regarding personal stories. We want to create an atmosphere for open, honest exchange; we hope you will share the learnings, but not the stories.

    3. We will monitor our “airtime.” We will be mindful when we are taking up much more space than others. Likewise, we will empower ourselves to speak up when others are dominating the conversation.

    4. We will attempt to find a balance between cognitive and affective learning. In addition to our content knowledge, we recognize that our emotions, and our “unconscious” processes, can also be sources of discovery and self-awareness.

    5. We acknowledge power dynamics within our institutions and strive to create a more equitable learning environment.

    6. We aspire to maintain a brave space where all voices can be heard.

    Event Details

    Launching Leadership Conversation

    Fri, Nov 17, 2023 5pm to 7:30pm

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    Dr. Barbara Love will moderate a conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum and Dr. Ximena Zúñiga. Reception in the Art Museum Lobby to follow.

    Art Building, Gamble Auditorium

    Entertainment with Mike McKeyz Childs and The Music Movement Band

    Fri, Nov 17, 2023 7:30pm to 9pm

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    Michael "McKeyz" Childs, Musical Director Mike "McKeyz" Childs (he/him), a Hartford native, is currently the lead singer for a well known band, Soul Sound Revue, in the New England area. An...

    Willits-Hallowell Conference Center, Morrison Room

    Film Screening - Intergroup Dialogue: Learning from its Past and Mapping its Future

    Sat, Nov 18, 2023 10am to 11:30am

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    This film features ten IGD founders and early leaders who reflect on its 35 year history, including IGD’s development, impact, and future growth areas. After the film screening, Dr. Kristie Ford...

    Art Building, Gamble Auditorium

    Concurrent Sessions on the Future of Intergroup Dialogue

    Sat, Nov 18, 2023 1:30pm to 3:30pm

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    Jersey Cosantino (they/them) Easton Davis (he/him) Session Description: This session will provide scholars, practitioners, and students with a conceptual understanding of our approach to...

    Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

    Closing Dessert Reception with Justin Beatty

    Sat, Nov 18, 2023 4pm to 5pm

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    Justin Beatty (he/him), is a multi-disciplinary artist of Native American (Ojibwe, Saponi) & African-American descent. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts with a...

    Willits-Hallowell Conference Center, Living Room

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