The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a pioneering program that promotes social justice through education. As a joint program of the Division of Student Affairs and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, we are in the unique position to enhance the academic learning and holistic development of students. IGR serves as a model for Intergroup Dialogue in higher education which has spread to many campuses across the United States and Canada. Your gift to IGR allows us to continue empowering students by building intercultural understanding, breaking down stereotypes, and providing students with the skills needed to be conscious global citizens.
Your gift to IGR supports:
· Building Intergroup Relations Skills: Through our academic courses and workshops, IGR is a resource for more than 2300 students each year who gain experience in analyzing diversity and social justice issues. Students also learn important leadership and practical skills to better prepare them to actively engage in society. These opportunities are vital to empowering students, creating a campus culture that understands the importance of diversity, and promoting a welcoming atmosphere for all.
· Enhancing Community Engagement: IGR is actively involved in intercultural engagement and training in educational venues throughout the state of Michigan. We host youth dialogues to improve young people’s understanding of social identities and facilitate workshops for K-12 teachers and administrators on experiential teaching and working through social identity conflict. Students involved in IGR’s community engagement gain unique skills in community organizing, facilitation in new venues, and building content and skills in community settings.
· Expanding Research Opportunities: Each year we provide a number of undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to conduct innovative research on intergroup relations and social justice issues. We utilize a student empowerment model where experienced research assistants mentor and guide newer students under the direction of an IGR faculty or staff member renowned for their own research. This research provides important information on the effects and outcomes related to intergroup dialogues and social justice education. It also provides valuable leadership and research skills to prepare students for graduate school. Our research helps improve social justice and intergroup dialogue programs at Michigan and across the country.
Why does U-M need my support EVERY year?
Unlike endowment funds, which have specific requirements on when and how they can be used, Annual Gifts are funds that IGR can use for its immediate needs. Each year, we face unexpected challenges when working to grow and improve our programs for students. Annual Gifts from donors are vital to ensure our ability to overcome these obstacles and to improve student experience.
Ways to give to IGR:
· Outright Gifts- Gifts of cash, securities or “gifts in kind” make an immediate impact. Gifts in kind include artwork, books and equipment that may be useful to IGR.
· Planned Giving- A giving strategy that allows you to make a meaningful charitable contribution while possibly enhancing you and your family’s future financial well-being.
· Bequests-One of the simplest ways to give, you can leave a gift from your estate within your will.
How to Make Your Gift
In addition to the information provided below, please feel free to call us anytime if you need assistance.
· Online giving- Use our simple and secure online form to make a gift right now using your credit card.
· Cash, Securities, Gifts in Kind- Find out how to give by mail, transfer or payroll deduction. Discover the advantages of gifts of securities and the opportunity for gifts in kind.
· Matching Gifts- Take an extra moment to see whether your employer will leverage your giving with a matching contribution.
How does U-M solicit for gifts?
Alumni and friends are contacted via mail, email, and Telefund, U-M’s student telephone fundraising program. Michigan is a big place, so you may be contacted by IGR, the general Annual Giving office, or by someone at a school, college, or other unit on campus. As a whole, we strive to make giving to the University and allocating your gift to the area you wish as simple as possible. So when you are contacted, remember you can support IGR no matter who reaches out to you, just request that your gift go towards IGR.
We’re here for you!
To speak to us about giving opportunities please contact:
Division of Student Affairs
Major Gifts Officer
Student Affairs – Office of Development
9027 Wolverine Tower
3003 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288
Phone: (734) 647-7309
Fax: (734) 647-6100