Graduate students will be paired together to co-facilitate the dialogues. Co-facilitators are responsible for attending a rigorous training on facilitation, organizing weekly structured activities, and hosting weekly office hours for students.



Spring 2019 Facilitators

Sojourner White

Race/Ethnicity

“I am a first-year MSW student at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Due to my undergraduate opportunities at Bradley University, I discovered my passion for diversity and inclusion. I believe conversations that help us unlearn our socialization are a key stepping stone on the path to liberation. I am excited to co-facilitate the IGD curriculum on race/ethnicity because it is a space for undergraduates to reflect on their own experiences, learn, be challenged, and bridge cultural differences.”

Mikayla Branz

Race/Ethnicity

“I am currently a Social Work/Public Health graduate student at Washington University. I was deeply grateful for the opportunity to take an intergroup dialogue class my sophomore year at Occidental College because it helped me name and unpack the ways race and racism played out in my own life. I later facilitated a race/ethnicity dialogue course during my senior year of college. My dialogue experiences gave me the context and skills to effectively participate in racial justice organizing and coalition-building. I hope to help create a space where students can challenge themselves, find their voices, and build power to fight for justice throughout their lives.” 

Sloane Wolter

Social Class

“I am a first year MSW candidate. I plan to concentrate in Mental Health, and I am particularly interested in the intersection between mental health and socioeconomic status. I attended Washington University in St. Louis for my undergrad, and I became passionate about issues surrounding social class through my involvement in TRiO. I’m excited to discuss social class with a diverse group of students and to learn about their unique perspectives and experiences.”

Emily Uecker

Social Class

“We’re often told it is impolite to talk about money. However, in my time studying social work and working in the field it has become abundantly clear that how much money you have impacts how you experience and perceive the world around you. Although conversations about social class can be difficult and uncomfortable, I firmly believe it is incredibly important now more than ever that we engage in these conversations to better understand the experience of others. I am excited to facilitate these difficult but necessary conversations among members of the WashU community.”

Spring 2018 Facilitators

Bianca 

My experience with IGD has been one of growth and learning from the students. Hearing their stories, frustrations, and motivators was a constant reminder of why I became involved with social justice. I appreciated the moments of silence, where I could see them reflecting and processing the deep conversations, along with the times they related the readings and class material to their personal experiences. It was powerful to see the students’ growth, as well as my own, over the course of the semester. As I pursue nonprofit consulting, IGD has definitely taught me that dialogue is necessary across disciplines and that there is incredible power in conversations across differences. Overall, my experience with IGD has been full of humility, challenges, and connection.”
 

Brigid

“I enjoyed co-facilitating Intergroup Dialogue because I had the opportunity to be a learner along with the students. I learned a lot just listening to the students’ experiences related to race. They had opportunities to share their own identities and listen to classmates share about experiences that were different from their own. I deeply appreciated the moments where students took a risk to share personal stories. They were vulnerable enough to say, “I messed up that time and hurt someone. I can see that now and want to be a different person in the future.” That openness and willingness for grown felt powerful. I was proud of the supportive environment that we constructed together. In the future, I plan to be a counselor on a college campus so continued work with college students in this setting improved relevant skills to this work. Facilitation skills and the topics that we addressed for Intergroup Dialogue will all contribute to my professional goals.”
 

Spring 2017 Facilitators

Nesley 

“My experiences in supporting the development JET and facilitating are filled with learning, connection, and gratitude. My time with JET initially started with the opportunity to continue using my intergroup dialogue (IGD) skills from undergrad but led to co-facilitating with a soon-to-be best friend and weekly sessions that constantly reminded me of my passions for IGD and shared humanity. I most appreciated the individuals from our first cohort and the vulnerability they brought to the group that created a brave space full of learning opportunities and community building. Two years later, its been a joy via Facebook to see how they’ve continued to grow and excel now as upperclassmen. JET has provided me program development skills and a deeper understanding of IGD’s principles that I’ve implemented into my organization’s curriculum. Outside of my 9 to 5 job, JET has led to additional opportunities in IGD, such as supporting social work courses as I prepare to be adjunct faculty for classes that prepares IGD facilitators. I’m grateful for the role JET had in my journey and how it continues to impact my everyday life post-graduation!”
 

Lexie

“Learning and growing alongside two cohorts of thoughtful, curious JET participants was an incredible gift. I was fortunate to co-facilitate JET with two compassionate people. As a team, we leaned into conflict and cultivated spaces that honored vulnerability and encouraged connection. The importance of storytelling and speaking truth to power is a guidepost for my personal and professional life, and I am so grateful to have built these guideposts because of JET. Thanks to my experience as a JET facilitator, I volunteer as a facilitator for white racial caucus groups in Greater St. Louis where I work alongside other white folks to name race and racism in our lives and systems. In my day job, I use the art and science of facilitation to support nonprofits in the development of programs and evaluation systems, while also telling the story of their work through data. I have no doubt that intergroup dialogue and group facilitation will continue to inform my work moving forward!”