EPSY 203: Social Issues Group Dialogue


These courses provide a space for students to have an open dialogue with peers in small group settings on diversity and social justice topic areas.  Each section uses a structured dialogue format to explore intergroup and intragroup differences and similarities within historical and contemporary contexts.  Each section uses active learning exercises, in addition to weekly readings, reflective writing assignments, and topic-based dialogues. Courses are taught by real-life practitioners from the University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign community.

These are second 8-week classes; open enrollment that do not require an application.

Fall 2023 Courses

Resisting Marginalization

  • Dates: October 16, 2023 - December 06, 2023
  • Date/Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:50 PM
  • Location: Zoom
  • Instructors: Dr. Eugene Moore, MBA & Dr. Charles Young

This course is highly experiential, interactive, and it helps students develop various skills. These skills include critical thinking, listening, perspective taking, and critical self-reflection. Students are also challenged to develop awareness and understanding of critical intergroup relations issues affecting individuals, organizations, and communities.

Exploring Race & Ethnicity

  • Dates: October 16, 2023 - December 06, 2023
  • Date/Time: Tuesday 12:00 - 1:50 PM
  • Location: Zoom
  • Instructors: Dr. Joe Cross & April Carter

We invite you to join us in this interactive course designed to discuss topics centered around race, culture, stereotypes, social privilege, macroaggressions etc. We encourage students to bring their own unique experiences, perspectives, and stories to the classroom to inform our dialogue.

Reproductive Justice

  • Dates: October 16, 2023 - December 06, 2023
  • Date/Time: Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:50 PM
  • Location: In-person, OVCDEI 3080
  • Instructors: Kara Lawrence and Amie Baumeister

This course explores reproductive justice as a social justice issue alongside other systems of oppression. Topics include sociological and historical contexts of reproductive justice, intersectionality and reproductive justice, activism and advocacy around reproductive rights and justice, and contemporary case studies in reproductive justice.

Disability Social Justice

  • Dates: October 16, 2023 - December 06, 2023
  • Date/Time: Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:50 PM
  • Location: In-person, 1GSLIS, Room 46
  • Instructors: Tina Cowsert & Matt Archer

This dialogue course introduces students to perspectives in disability social justice. We will explore the histories, socio-legal contexts, ideas, and special topics that have shaped movements toward disability social justice.

Interested in teaching with DSJE?

Teaching opportunities are available for graduate students, staff, and faculty.

May be repeated in the same term to a maximum of 2 hours.  May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours.

Previous Courses

Black Activism in Sports

  • Dates: March 20-May 3, 2023
  • Time: 3:00 - 4:50 pm
  • Days: Tuesday
  • Location: Gregory Hall Room 325
  • Instructors:
    • Shanika Mungin (University of Illinois Athletics)
    • Dementro Powell (UIPD)

Students will engage in discussions sharing their perspectives and understanding in Black Activism in Sports through a series of thematic topics including but not limited to Black Women in Sports, Caring for our Black Athletes, the Black Athlete Experience, and more. Students will be able to ask questions in a safe environment while expressing their experiences in athletics from different points of view and experiences. This class will help students become familiar with some of the challenges while offering some resources and strategies on how to become allies or better well-informed leaders on this topic. 

Exploring Size and Sizeism

  • Dates: March 20-May 3, 2023
  • Time: 3:00 - 4:50 pm
  • Days: Wednesday
  • Location: Gregory Hall Room 325
  • Instructors:
    • Amy Fitzjarrald (University Housing)
    • Ron Threadgill (Applied Health Sciences)

This course explores body size and weight-based oppression as a social justice issue alongside other systems of oppression. Topics include socio-historical constructions of size, fatness, and bodies, activism and advocacy around fatness and body positivity, and contemporary case studies in fat studies.