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.

 

Staff Chat with Roger Fisher

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 the always-inspiring Roger Fisher. Roger is a Co-Associate Director of IGR.
Roger Fisher

About The Program on 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. 

IGR group photo

Staff Spotlight: Xinyan Mitchell

Xinyan is the Administrative Assistant for IGR. She provides general administrative, financial, and HR support to the program. Our office would not function without her skillful office management! Xinyan says "My favorite part of coming to work is that I enjoy the people I work with. I've learned so much about social justice issues here too."

Xinyan Mitchell

Staff Spotlight: Charles Behling

Charles Behling is an Emeritus Faculty Member of the University of Michigan. He recently retired from the psychology faculty at U-M. A clinical psychologist, he served for 15 years as Co-Director of IGR.

Charles Behling is pictured with Monita Thompson and Kelly Maxwell

What Alumni Are Saying About IGR - Part 2

In last month's newsletter, we highlighted comments we received from our alumni about their IGR experiences and the impacts these had on their lives after college (click here to view). This month, we thought we'd take a moment to share additional messages we've received:

Alumni sitting at tables during event

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