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!