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June 20th - 23rd, 2016

Please see "2016 Registration Information" below for the 2016 National Intergroup Dialogue registration rates. We have reached our capacity and are no longer accepting registrations for the 2016 National Intergroup Dialogue Institute. Please email Kendra Hentschel at to be added to the waitlist.

The Program on Intergroup Relations hosts a National Intergroup Dialogue Institute annually for faculty and staff who wish to learn our philosophy and techniques for the purpose of creating dialogue programs on their own campuses. 

The National Institute will be held June 20th - 23rd, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Join us in learning about intergroup dialogue and how you might use it at your institution!

  • Explore the overall dialogue framework and The Michigan Model
  • Strategize the development and support of academic and co-curricular programs
  • Participate in engaging activities commonly used in intergroup dialogue settings

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While we will engage in interactive activities, the purpose of this Institute is to demonstrate the curriculum and structure of intergroup dialogue.

The Institute provides support and skiils for applying the pedagogy on home campuses.   (Time does not permit formal facilitator training, although there is discussion of next steps in this regard.)

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Institute Location:

Sheraton Ann Arbor
3200 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-996-0600

Institute Agenda:

Tentative Times:

Monday, June 20th
8:00am - 9:00am - Registration
9:00am - 5:30pm - Institute

Tuesday, June 21st
9:00am - 5:30pm

Wednesday, June 22nd
9:00am - 5:30pm

Thursday, June 23rd
9:00am - 5:30pm

View last year's agenda: 2015 National Intergroup Dialogue Institute Schedule-at-a-Glance

2016 Registration Information

We recommend bringing teams from your institution, as time will be dedicated to strategizing the development and support of programs at your particular institution. Additionally, we strongly recommend that undergraduate or graduate students attending the institute be accompanied by a faculty/staff member and/or be a part of an institutional team. 

Registration for the Institute has been limited to a maximum number of 70 people in order to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of all attendees. Group registrations may not exceed 6 persons, and one institution may not register more than 8 people totalPlease contact IGR before registering if you plan on bringing more than 6 people from your institution or program to the Institute. 

The drop-dead deadline for registration is Friday, June 3rd. However, if we reach capacity before June 3rd, registration will close earlier.


Early Bird Registration Rates

(By May 1, 2016)

Regular Registration Rates

(After May 1, 2016)

Individual Cost $1,265 $1,380
Institutional Teams of 4 People $4,250 $4,660
Each Additional Individual After 4 People (up to 2 additional) $1,000 $1,100
Additional Book(s) $24.00 ea $24.00 ea

** There will be no onsite registration. Furthermore, you must order additional books as part of your registration / ahead of time, as we will not have onsite book purchases. **

Registration rates include:

  • 4 day attendance
  • Lunch on all days
  • Snacks during breaks
  • A flash drive with all of the institute power point presentations, many of our exercises/activities, our complete dialogue curriculum, and other training information and assessment tools
  • A copy of Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues: Bridging Differences, Catalyzing Change. (1 per institution, 2 for institutions with more than 4 (5+) participant registrations)
  • A DVD video describing our intergroup dialogue program (1 per institution)

Your institution/national program would be responsible for airfares and housing in Ann Arbor.

Payment Information

We are able to accept payment via check or credit card 

Credit Card Payment 
Payment is accepted via Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover Card. After you submit your registration, you will receive an electronic invoice directing you to a secure payment site to process your credit card payment. 

Check Payment 
After you submit your registration, you will receive an electronic invoice. If paying by check, we allow a three (3) week grace period from the time you submit your registration to receiving your check. If we do not receive your check three (3) weeks after your registration submission, your registration will be cancelled. 

Please mail a copy of your invoice AND check made payable to the University of Michigan to:

IGR National Intergroup Dialogue Institute
Attn:  Debra Paris
University of Michigan
1000 McIntyre Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2494

You will receive an email confirmation immediately after registering for the Institute. Once your registration has been processed, an invoice and payment instructions will be sent to the main contact via email. A pre-questionnaire and map will be emailed to each individual closer to the start of the Institute.

Cancellation notification must be received no later than June 03, 2016 in order to qualify for a refund, less a $50.00 administrative fee. Those who register, but fail to cancel by the deadline and do not attend the Institute, will not be eligible for a refund. Substitute attendees are welcome. For cancellations or substitutions please email or call 734-615-1458.

In the unlikely event that the Institute must be canceled, the entire submitted registration fee will be refunded without further liability on the part of the organizers.

Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel Information

3200 Boardwalk Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 - (734) 996-0600

We have secured a block of rooms at the conference site (Sheraton Ann Arbor), which is approximately 3 miles from the University of Michigan Central Campus. Institute group rates are in effect until Saturday, May 21, 2016 and subject to availability. Guests can make reservations by calling the Sheraton Ann Arbor at 734-996-0600 or by visiting the StarWood online reservation system: 

The Program on Intergroup Relations (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)
Guests may access the site to book, modify, or cancel a reservation until June 24, 2016. 

Nearby Hotels

Comfort Inn & Suites (0.5 mi)
3501 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 761-8838

Courtyard Ann Arbor (108 ft)
3205 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 995-5900

Fairfield Inn Ann Arbor (174 ft)
3285 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 995-5200

Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-South (0.1 mi)
925 Victors Way
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 665-5000

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ann Arbor (0.5-1.0 mi, depending on mode of transit)
600 Briarwood Circle
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 761-2929

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ann Arbor (92 ft)
3155 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 213-1900

Red Roof Inn Ann Arbor – University of Michigan South (0.6 mi)
3505 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 665-3500

Residence Inn Ann Arbor (0.2 mi)
800 Victors Way
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 996-5666

Transportation Information

The most inexpensive way of getting from the airport to Ann Arbor is via the Michigan Flyer. Information can be found and reservations can be made at the Michigan Flyer website. If you are taking the Michigan Flyer and staying at the Sheraton Ann Arbor, we recommend traveling to Ann Arbor Kensington Court (610 Hilton Blvd. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108) rather than Blake Transit Center, as the former is 0.5 miles away from the Sheraton.

Other travel arrangements may be made through a taxi or car service.  U.S. Limo Sedan & Taxi Service has 24-hour service and a variety of transportation services. Information can be found and reservations can be made at the U.S. Limo Sedan & Taxi Service website.

There are also taxis at the airport. A few local companies are:

Contact Information

Questions about the Institute or Registration? Please Contact the Institute Coordinator:

Kendra Hentschel, Program Assistant
The Program on Intergroup Relations
University of Michigan