D recently joined IGR's staff as an Interim Student Life Program Manager. Their focus is on managing the CommonGround program, teaching IGR's training course and furthering CommonGround's research agenda. D is excited to dive into their work with the CommonGround team and they hope to see CommonGround spread into new areas of the U-M community.
D graduated from Earlham College in 2008 with a B.A. in African-American Studies and from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a Masters of Social Work. During their studies, D focused on community organizing, primarily with youth in Detroit.
D first became involved in IGR four years ago when they were brought in as a trainer for the Summer Youth Dialogues. They also served as a GSI for IGR's training class during their Masters program. D's first experience with dialogue dates back to when they were a student at Ann Arbor's Community High School and participated in a dialogue on race. Says D "Ever since then, I have been passionate about looking at the intersection of identity work and education and organizing/activism."
Outside of work, D loves playing soccer, cooking, eating food with friends and family, reading, and winning at any card game. D has lived in six different states over time. They love having four seasons but noted that the weather in Hawaii is perfect everyday!