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Course Description

Dialogue Across Difference is an introductory course on social equity and intergroup engagement.  The course is designed to build deeper understanding of self and others, particularly through historical, social and cultural reflection and how these factors shape intergroup dialogue. Students will develop facilitation strategies to engage with those who hold different values and beliefs than their own. We will consider historical moments of monumental social change and how various organizing groups used their actions, words, and credibility to shape their circumstances. Students will practice strategies and techniques of effective facilitation with the goal of seeking common ground and building communal trust. The overall aim of the course is to develop a foundational understanding of process and power within intergroup dialogue, practicing the skills and habits of active listening, as well as facilitating conflict resolution and effective engagement. 

This is a virtual synchronous course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts virtual courses are designed to provide high-quality, flexible, and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about virtual course policies and expectations, please visit

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None

High School students will be prompted to submit an additional application after enrollment including: a high school transcript, letter of recommendation, parental permission, and other required consent forms.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences