Constructing Intercultural Dialogues #3: Intergroup Dialogue & Service Learning

Constructing ICD #7Following the recent announcement of a new series to be published by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, the third issue of Constructing intercultural Dialogues is now available. The goal is to provide concrete examples of how actual people have managed to organize and hold intercultural dialogues, so that others may be inspired to do the same. As with the continuing CID series, Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, these may be downloaded for free. Click on the thumbnail to download the PDF.

CICD 3 deTurkdeTurk, S. (2017). Intergroup dialogue and service learning: Students as facilitators. Constructing Intercultural Dialogues, 3. Available from:

If you have a case study you would like to share, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz.

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Sara DeTurk


Sara DeTurk is an associate professor of communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research focuses on dialogue, identity (especially whiteness), alliances across difference, and social change activism. Her doctoral dissertation (Arizona State University, 2004) was a phenomenological study of an intergroup dialogue program. She also holds an M.Ed. in international education and a B.A. in psychology. Her publications include the following:

DeTurk, S. (2011). Allies in action: The communicative experiences of people who challenge social injustice on behalf of others. Communication Quarterly, 59 (5), 1-21.

DeTurk, S. (2011). “I need to know”:  Conditions that encourage and constrain intercultural dialogue.  Journal of Intergroup Relations, 35 (1), 37-60.

DeTurk, S. (2010). “Quit whining and tell me about your experiences!”:  (In)tolerance, pragmatism, and muting in intergroup dialogue. In R. T. Halualani & T. K. Nakayama (Eds.), The Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

DeTurk, S., &  Foster, E. (2008). Dialogue about dialogue:  Investigating intersubjectivity in interview research. Qualitative Research Journal, 8 (2), 14-27.

DeTurk, S. (2006).  The power of dialogue:  Consequences of intergroup dialogue and their implications for agency and alliance building.  Communication Quarterly, 54, 33-51.

DeTurk, S. (2005).  “When I was white”:  Semiosis of whiteness, race, and sociocultural diversity in contemporary U.S. culture.  Journal of Intergroup Relations, 32 (1), 40-60.

Broome, B. J., DeTurk, S., Kristjansdottir, E., Kanata, T., & Ganesan, P. (2002).  Giving voice to diversity: An interactive approach to conflict management and decision-making in culturally diverse work environments.  Journal of Business and Management, 8 (3), 1-26.

DeTurk, S. (2001).  Intercultural empathy:  Myth, competency, or possibility for alliance building?  Communication Education, 50 (4), 374-384.

She is currently conducting ethnographic research on a social change organization in San Antonio.