Intergroup Relations offers an academic year-long peer diversity education & leadership paid internship program for UCLA undergraduate and graduate students. IGR Diversity Peer Leader (DPL) receive intensive training in intergroup dialogue facilitation, leadership skills, and conflict resolution. The skills and knowledge gained are then applied (a) in the facilitation of workshops and dialogues focused on issues of diversity for UCLA community members, and (b) in the planning and implementation of social media and art initiatives or other events that creatively address diversity and social justice issues at UCLA.
Collectively, as a group of highly skilled students from diverse identities themselves, DPLs play a critical role in leading the conversations on campus that raise awareness of the great diversity among UCLA students in regards to their multiple social identities, their experiences with privilege and oppression, their issues and concerns, and perspectives on diversity and social justice issues.
Some of the programs and events that IGR Diversity Peer Leaders have the opportunity to be involved with include:
Facilitating Faculty-Student Dinner Dialogues and Lunch-time/Noon-time Dialogues
Leading workshops on identity, cultural communication and conflict management for: SOLE, Greek Life, First Year Experience and so forth.
Initiating team projects to address campus climate issues and raise awareness of social injustices such as toxic masculinity, lack of mental health resources, and first-generation student experiences.