CommonGround's two program coordinators manage the workshop requests received by campus organizations, courses, and other groups seeking social justice education opportunities. They are responsible for meeting with requestors to determine the needs and goals of the requesting group, finding facilitators, and meeting with these facilitators to develop a workshop agenda. The program coordinators also coach the workshop facilitators to provide ongoing support and preparation.
Shaima Abdullah is a sophomore majoring in Women’s Studies with a minor in Arab and Muslim American studies. She’s actively involved in student organizations and activist spaces. Shaima is co-president of the Yemeni Student Association where she’s working on her leadership skills which assist her in her role at CommonGround. She is currently a Program Coordinator for CommonGround leading workshop plannings and co-facilitating/training IGR staff and students. It’s her first year and she’s eager to learn and develop as an educator. Shaima hopes to continue this work throughout her academic career and helping her communities talk about differences through dialogue. As academic and activist work can be very exhausting, Shaima practices self-care by watching lots of animated and foreign films, going home to eat her mom’s food, and spending time with her baby sisters.
Max Cornblath is a senior in the College of Language, Science and Arts at the University of Michigan. He is currently pursuing a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Complex Systems. During his time as an undergraduate he has been involved in several student organizations that invest in learning through other people's perspectives, encouraging difficult conversations, and affecting social and policy change. These include The DEI Student Advisory Board, MAC-ASB (an alternative spring break service-learning organization), and IGR CommonGround, where he is now a proud member of the programming team. In his free time, Max enjoys watching Netflix, reading, and finding new music.