Intergroup Relations

The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program. IGR blends theory and experiential learning to facilitate students' learning about social group identity, social inequality, and intergroup relations. The program prepares students to live and work in a diverse world and educates them in making choices that advance equity, justice, and peace. IGR was founded in 1988 and was the first program of its kind. IGR is a partnership between Student Life and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. 

Mission Statement

To pursue social justice through education.

Vision
Through engaged learning, research, and leadership opportunities, IGR's vision is to educate students on social justice and intergroup relations, to prepare them to lead others in creating a more inclusive campus and world.

Core Work

Courses

IGR offers seven different courses that are designed for students with special interests in social diversity and social justice. The courses utilize experiential pedagogy to analyze and understand social conflict, intergroup relations and issues of diversity and justice. Within these, students who follow a specified course sequence, along with certain other requirements, earn the Patricia Gurin Certificate of Merit in Intergroup Relations.

CommonGround

The CommonGround Workshop Program was developed for students to learn about social inequalities and social justice in a workshop format. Student organizations, classes, and other campus communities can request workshops on topics that increase awareness of issues of identity, diversity, and intergroup relations.

Community Outreach

The Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity program increases dialogue among high-school aged youth in schools across metropolitan Detroit. Young people of African, Asian, European, Latino and Latina, and Middle Eastern descent participate in structured dialogues and other programs that challenge discrimination and create change.

National Institute on Intergroup Dialogue

The institute is for other institutions who wish to learn “The Michigan Model” of Intergroup Dialogue philosophy and techniques for the purpose of creating dialogue programs on their own campuses. Since 2006, IGR has hosted over 120 institutions.

Research

IGR conducts research to assess program outcomes and aims to answer questions about what students gain from intergroup dialogue participation and how the pedagogy influences these outcomes. Using various methodologies, researchers mentor undergraduates and graduate students. Together, they have published journal articles (including peer-reviewed), monographs, essays, book chapters, books, and doctoral dissertations on intergroup dialogue research.

 

Faculty Chat: Kelly Maxwell

October 2015

For this edition of "Faculty Chat", a regular feature where we share things you may not know about IGR faculty members, we sat down with IGR Co-Director (LSA) Kelly Maxwell.  In her role, Kelly provides overall direction for the program in addition to teaching courses and leading several other projects both in and outside of IGR. We hope you enjoy learning about Kelly outside of her work role!

Q: Where did you grow up and where did you go to college?

Photo of Rose, Jackson, and Kelly Maxwell

IGR Student Engagement Team Brings IGR Community Together

With courses, workshop programs, research projects, and more, IGR's students work in a number of different settings. In 2014, we decided we needed a way to tie them together as a community. Thus, the Student Engagement Team (SET) was born. Read below to learn about the work of the SET team and what's happening in 2015!

As the Student Engagement Team co-coordinators, Elena Ross and Gloriela Iguina-Colòn work to unite all those involved with IGR in various capacities. They write:

"Here are some of the ways we do this:

Elena Ross and Gloriela Iguina-Colón, IGR's Student Engagement Coordinators


IGR's Student Engagement Team

April 2015

If you've been to an IGR study break, gotten your photo on our Community Wall (called "The Many Faces of IGR"), engaged in IGR's conversation nights (such as the one on yoga and cultural appropriation), or been involved as a student in any way this past semester, then you've probably interacted with IGR's Student Engagement Team!

IGR community wall of photos

Staff Chat with IGR's Danny Alvarez

For this edition of "Staff Chat", a regular feature where we share things you may not know about your favorite staff and faculty members, we sat down with staff member Danny Alvarez. Danny is a Student Life Program Manager. In his role, Danny teaches courses, manages the CommonGround team, co-organizes IGR's National Intergroup Dialogue Institute, and does several other projects for the division. We hope you enjoy learning about Danny outside of his work role!

Danny Alvarez

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