CommonGround's two program coordinators are 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 lead CommonGround's student coordinators in developing marketing and recruitment strategies, and planning community building initiatives within the CommonGround community.
'Dolapo is a senior studying International Studies with a minor in Crime and Justice through the Residential College - where she is a Residential Advisor. After taking her first IGR Dialogue she started to explore other ways to be involved in Social Justice on and off campus. She partook in a Growing Allies Retreat through MESA and later became a CommonGround facilitator. She is now a Program Coordinator for CommonGround as she continues to further her understanding and widen her perspectives on how to facilitate society's complex issues. 'Dolapo firmly believes in having a holistic college experience which is why she has surrounded herself with people and organizations that intellectually stimulate her in and out of the classroom walls.
Tahany Alsabahi is a current senior double majoring in International Studies and Middle Eastern and North African Studies with a minor in Community Action and Social Change. She started her journey with IGR as a freshman facilitating for CommonGround, is currently Program Coordinator, and looks forward to continuing with the program throughout the duration of her undergraduate career. Tahany's passionate about combatting both external and internal oppression within communities of color, specifically within Arab and Arab-American communities, and hopes to continue working with these communities in the future. During her free time, Tahany enjoys binge-watching Doctor Who, listening to Abdel-Halim Hafez, and trying (and failing) to learn how to dance Yemeni.
Hi there. My name is Max, and I’m a 3rd year Music Major with a Minor in Intergroup Relations. Since taking my first UC 122 dialogue a year ago on SES, I’ve become increasingly active within the IGR community. First training to facilitate, then declaring myself a minor, and last but not least, joining Common Ground as a new Programming Coordinator! Being a part of the IGR community here at Michigan has completely shaped my experiences both as a student and rising professional. I feel so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work more closing with CommonGround and the rest of IGR’s incredible staff. The members of the Programming Team make up a collective unit of individuals with diverse talents and skill sets. I’m a lucky guy to be able to work alongside such hardworking people as we strive to achieve our collective goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
When I’m not at the IGR office planning for my next dialogue class or working at CommonGround, you’ll find me playing with The Dearborn, Flint, Adrian, and Lansing Symphonies. I also often enjoy a burrito from Chipotle and spending time in the Arboretum listening to J.S. Bach and wishing I was a woodland creature.