Intergroup Relations



IGR’s CommonGround Program: 10-Year Anniversary Celebration


IGR’s CommonGround program has completed its 10th year, and we want to commemorate its success with all of you! On November 3-4, 2017, please join us for a weekend of reuniting with IGR alums to celebrate CommonGround through the years.

About CommonGround

Since 2007, CommonGround has been developing and leading short, one-time workshops for the U-M student community. These workshops are facilitated by trained undergraduate and graduate student facilitators on topics such as social identities, group dynamics, effective communication, and power/privilege/oppression. CommonGround has grown and its structure has changed over the years, yet the program remains a constant resource that opens up spaces for important reflection and conversation.


Register to attend the celebration HERE. Please RSVP by October 25th, 2017.

Even if you cannot attend the event, we would love to hear from you. Please email with pictures, stories, memories. We will include these in our dinner event Saturday evening and also showcase them here on the website!

All events that are part of the 10-Year Celebration are free of cost.

See the Facebook event for updates and to connect with other alums!


The 10-Year Celebration will take place in Ann Arbor, MI on the University of Michigan campus. 

The majority of events will take place in the IGR office in the Galleria Building. Our address is: 

Galleria Building, Floor 2, Suite B, 1214 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI. 

Check back soon for maps and parking information!

Hotel Information

We have a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Near the University of Michigan (3600 Plymouth Road, Phone #734-769-8900). Rooms are $329 a night with a 2 night minimum. A shuttle to central campus is included! When reserving please be sure to mention the “Common Ground 10th Anniversary Room Block”.

Other events

We wanted to select a weekend that would give you multiple opportunities to show out your Maize and Blue spirit, so the following are additional events that are also happening on Friday, November 3rd - Saturday, November 4th:

  • It’s Parent and Family Weekend too! Explore events here!

  • We’re playing Minnesota at the Big House! More information here!

Event Agenda

The following is a tentative schedule of events for the 10-Year Celebration:


7:30pm - 9:00pm                     Welcome Back to IGR Mixer                                                

11:30am - 1:00pm                   Lunch with your Program Manager                 

1:00pm - 2:00pm                     Break 

2:00pm - 3:20pm                     Session 1

                                                     a) Participate in a CommonGround workshop

                                                     b) Alumni showcase how they use/adapt IGR exercises

3:40pm - 5:00pm                     Session 2

                                                     a) Facilitated discussion open to all attendees

                                                     b) Facilitated discussion open to only CG alumni

6:00pm - 9:30pm                     10 Year Anniversary Celebration Dinner



Contact or call Laxmi Shastry (734-615-7817) or Hamida Bhagirathy (734-763-8145)


Request a Workshop

  • We will begin accepting workshop requests for the Spring/Summer semester starting April 1st (workshops held between June - August 2018; We cannot take any workshop requests for May 2018 this year).
  • At this time, we are at capacity the Winter semester (workshops held between January - April 2018). 

 We appreciate your understanding and look forward to working with you!

  • Requests must be submitted three (3) weeks prior to the intended workshop date.
  • The general purpose of these workshops is to create interactive spaces to engage in dialogue about social justice and social identity. If your organization is seeking mediation, the Office of Student Conflict Resolution ( or Student Activities and Leadership's Student Organization Support can serve as resources