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OPAL offers several opportunities for undergraduate students that enhance leadership across difference and create meaningful cross-cultural interactions. Our curriculum reveals different cultural perspectives, illuminates issues of systemic power and privilege, and fosters empathy for persons of diverse cultural backgrounds. Our leadership opportunities promote the democratic principles of social justice and allow students to put this knowledge into action on real world problems. Some of our flagship programs include OPAL Ambassadors, Crossing the Line, OPAL ConnectionsIntergroup Dialogue, OPAL Impact, and Speak Up!

OPAL Ambassadors 

OPAL Ambassadors are a select group of motivated students dedicated to representing OPAL, promoting the mission of the office, and providing educational opportunities for undergraduate students.

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Crossing the Line

This 60-90 minute workshop is for groups of students who are familiar with one another and wish to build a stronger sense of community. CTL promotes self and intra-group reflection and increases meaningful dialogue.

Intergroup Dialogue

Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) engages students in authentic face-to-face conversations about issues of identity, diversity, and inequity. Through story sharing, opportunities for self-reflection, and intergroup work, IGD fosters a unique learning environment that encourages students to explore difficult issues while building skill for and commitment to social responsibility and action.

IGD groups meet for 1.5 hours every week for seven weeks during fall and winter terms. IGD uses co-facilitated discussions to engage students in authentic conversations about difficult topics across social identity groups. 


During the summer term, the OPAL Impact leadership cohort will participate in a term-long exploration of their personal values, leadership identity, and social change. Students work to identify how their strengths, passions, and contributions can directly impact a cause to create positive change and will develop the leadership skills to take action.

This six-week workshop will approach leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, and values-based process. 

Speak Up! Workshop

Ever heard harmful and biased language and not know how to respond? The Speak Up! workshop offers tools and strategies to prepare you to respond against prejudice, bias, and stereotypes on campus and beyond. Speak Up! calls on everyone to to take a stand against everyday bigotry. 


For questions with any of these programs, please contact



Last Updated: 2/20/17