Intergroup Relations

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Open Nominations for the Outstanding IGR Alumni Award!

Dear IGR Community and Colleagues,

In celebration of the outstanding work in social justice done by the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) alums around the globe, we are excited to announce the opening of nominations for the annual Outstanding IGR Alumni Award!


IGR's Alumni Spotlight: Karriem Watson, DHSc, MPH, MS

Dr. Karriem Watson remembers his IGR days like it was yesterday. Gaining an in-depth knowledge and understanding about social justice and dialogue from IGR has made a profound impact on his life personally and professionally. He grew up in Muskegon Heights, Michigan and is a 1997 Graduate of U-M where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After receiving a Masters of Science in Basic Medical Research from Wayne State University, he moved to Chicago to work in the clinical research industry. He completed a doctorate in Health Sciences with a focus on Global Health from Nova Southeastern. In his dual role at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), he serves as the Director of the Community Engaged Research and Implementation Science for the Cancer Center and Community Engagement Research for Mile Square Health Center (MSHC), a group of federally qualified health centers. We are excited to share more about Dr. Karriem Watson.


Alumni Spotlight: Adam Falkner

IGR shines this month’s Alumni Spotlight on Adam Falkner, a 2007 Graduate of U-M and IGR. Adam was deeply involved in many aspects of the program while a student, and he went on to pursue a uniquely designed life path that incorporates many facets of his IGR experiences, which have significantly shaped who he is as an individual and a community leader. Adam works in the non-profit sector using arts and education to further dialogue and social justice, and is also currently pursuing a Ph.D.

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2016 IGR Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient

IGR is delighted to have presented this year's IGR Outstanding Alumni Award to Theresa Q. Tran at the 2016 IGR graduation ceremony. Below is a short biography that describes Ms. Tran's impressive accomplishments and skills.

Congratulations, Theresa! We are honored to have presented you the award this year, and were so pleased you could join us and speak to our 2016 graduates.

Theresa Tran accepts the 2016 IGR Outstanding Alumni Award

Fond Farewell: A7med Alawami

IGR would like to send a fond farewell to A7med (Ahmed) Alawami, a long-time IGR community member. A7med has had a tremendous impact on the program through his commitment in many different avenues of IGR involvement including teaching, research, alumni outreach, and dialogue participation/facilitation. Most recently, A7med served as an instructor for IGR's Practicum in Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation course. A7med is moving to California and will soon be joined by his family.


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