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Lehigh Valley Real Talk
Real Talk: Engaging Diversity Through Intergroup Dialogue

December 5 and 6, 2013

Real Talk: Engaging Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue is a diversity education program for those who desire to improve their skills in leading, teaching, managing and facilitating diverse groups. Temple University has been offering Real Talk since 2010 as an innovative program for professionals throughout the Philadelphia region who desire to improve their multicultural competency by engaging in dialogues based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, and ability.

This workshop will help participants understand the power of transformational intergroup dialogue in helping to raise each person’s self-awareness for communicating effectively in diverse environments. Transformational intergroup dialogue assists participants in improving their skills in the area of intergroup relations, cross-cultural communication, problem solving, teamwork and collaboration.

During the workshop participants will participate in an actual intergroup dialogue, engage in activities relevant to emotional intelligence, group membership and diversity. A significant amount of time will be dedicated to participants exploring the challenges of facilitating intergroup dialogues, as well as leading, teaching and managing diverse groups. Participants will explore their capacities as group members, leaders and facilitators and explore their ability to develop trust among diverse group members.

To read additional information about transformational intergroup dialogues, please click here.


Kimberly Chestnut is the Director HEART Wellness Resource Center at Temple University. As the Director of HEART Wellness Resource Center, Kimberly works with departmental staff, colleagues, and students to guide the prevention and health education efforts throughout the University. Kimberly earned her doctorate in Human Sexuality in 2009 from Widener University, where she also completed a Master’s degree in Education. Prior to studying in education she earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from George Washington University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. In summer 2011, she completed the Graduate Certificate in Diversity Leadership offered through Temple’s College of Education and IDEAL.

Tchet Dereic Dorman is the Director of the Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership at Temple University. He is the founder of Temple's Transformational Intergroup Dialogue program and manages the Graduate Certificate in Diversity Leadership. Additionally, he has also taught the following relevant courses Emotions, Diversity, and Democratic Leadership; African American History; African Literature; Introduction to African American Studies; Gender Studies; Class, Gender and Race in the Global Village; Social Conflict; Introduction to Sociology;  Cultural Anthropology and Multiculturalism and the American Identity.  The National Association for Multicultural Education named him the Educator of the Year in 2007. Tchet received a Master’s degree in African American Studies from Temple University where he is an advanced doctoral student.


Thursday, December 5 6pm-9pm, Center for Humanistic Change, 100A Cascade Drive, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18109

Friday, December 6 9am-12pm, Moravian College, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18108

[Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the event coordinator, Carol Moeller, or call Campus Safety at 610-861-1421.]

Special Real Talk for University Students:

Friday, December 6 6pm-9pm, Moravian College, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18108


-Professionals/Adults: Early registration: November 22. Fee: $20. Regular Registration: November 29. Fee: $25

-Undergraduate Students: Early registration: November 22. Fee: $8. Regular Registration: November 29. Fee: $12


Step One: Please first register for the program by clicking here.

Step Two: Paying for the conference by check or credit card.

  • To pay by check, click here for an Invoice for Payment to pay by mail.
  • To pay with a credit card or e-check, please click here and you will be redirected to Temple University's online, non-credit course registration system.


Tchet Dorman, Director, Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education, Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership. E-mail: Phone: 215-204-5509.


Through dialogue people can gain an understanding of others. Intergroup dialogue provides the context for asking questions that often go unasked but are very important for intergroup understanding and relations. Here are a few common questions we hope are asked and answered during Real Talk: Engaging Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue:

  • How am I supposed to break barriers when what often happens is that I get shut out or I am told it is not my job to teach you?
  • When a white person says, “We’re all equal. I just see the person.” What do you think and feel when you hear that?
  • Have you ever been accused of being racist, sexist or homophobic?
  • Do you ever get confused by political correctness?
  • Were you ever ashamed of the clothes you were wearing, house you lived in, or car you had?
  • Has a man ever stood up for you when a sexist incident occurred?
  • What are your fears regarding people who are gay, lesbian, or bi-sexual?
  • What does your religion mean to you?
  • How does it feel to be a woman?
  • In what ways do you remain “silent” when it comes to your privilege?
  • What is the cost to you to share power and to look at your responsibility for religious intolerance?
  • Do you ever feel guilty about not sharing what you have with others?
  • What fears do you have about being in a predominantly non-white environment?
  • How is your religion misunderstood by others?
  • Why are you interested in dating people who are different from you? Why don’t you just date your own kind?
  • What comes up in your mind when you see an interracial couple?
  • What comes to mind when you see a person in Muslim garb?
  • Do you hate whites or are you just angry at them?
  • Why do heterosexuals feel comfortable displaying their affections publicly but deplore it when gays do so?
  • Do you ever feel mistreated because of your strong religious views?
  • How would you like to be identified?
  • How can we stop all the hate and really get to know each other’s stories?
  • How does it feel to not share lover/partner/girlfriend/boyfriend with your family because they won’t accept them?
  • Did you grow up with enough food to eat?

*The majority of these questions were created by Lee Mun Wah as part of his What Stands Between Us: Diversity Conversation Flash Cards, which can be purchased by going to