Intergroup Relations

IGR Faculty and Staff

Consultation and Training

IGR faculty and staff consult with colleagues around the country to further the development of intergroup relations programs and to support the growth of opportunities for intergroup dialogue. For more information about training or consultation for your organization, please contact Charles Behling at cbehling@umich.edu.

  • These consultations typically involve on-site workshops tailored to the specific needs and goals of the host institution. Coaching and support are also available individually by email, phone, etc.
  • The most frequently requested workshops are i.) those designed to introduce intergroup dialogue pedagogy to a broad institutional community for their support and use, and ii.) those designed to train the specific members of the community who will do the actual “hands-on” work of the program. Other types of workshops are customizable to meet the objectives of the host institution.
  • Usually, on-site workshops are most effective after some community members have attended the annual National Intergroup Dialogue Institute.
  • Recent workshops have been held at Villanova University, Northwestern University, University of Miami, Skidmore College, Furman University, University of California Long Beach, Gonzaga University, Washington University, St. Louis University, and others.

Persons considering consultations may be interested in this useful article, Rallies, Protest, and Institutional Change: How Consultants Can Address Campus Climate, by Dr. Kristie Ford, our colleague at Skidmore College.

Awards and Recognitions

  • In their final report, The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America (2017), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences makes a case for the importance of intergroup dialogues and lists the Program on Intergroup Relations as a “best practice” (see page 13). The report, a two-year national survey, thoroughly examines the current state of American undergraduate education and makes recommendations for strengthening all aspects of it.
  • President Clinton's Initiative on Race cited the Program on Intergroup Relations as one of fourteen "Promising Practices" that "successfully bridge racial divides in American communities." IGR was one of only two programs in higher education to receive this recognition.
  • The US Department of Education's Gender Equity Expert Panel cited IGR as "Promising Intervention" in the "prevention of sexual and racial harassment and violence against students in higher education." The panel rated IGR as "excellent" on significance and usefulness to others/replicability, "very good" on quality, and "good" on evidence of effectiveness.
  • The American Association of Higher Education, the American College Personnel Association, and the National Association of Student Personnel cited IGR as an "Exemplary Practice" (1998). The Theodore M. Hesburgh Awards Program of TIAA-CREF awarded IGR a Certificate of Excellence in Faculty Development (2000).

National Impact

IGR has been adopted as a model for the development of programs at several universities including:

  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Occidental College
  • Syracuse University
  • Villanova University
  • Cornell University
  • Skidmore College
  • UCLA
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • Augsburg University
  • Cal Poly
  • University of Manitoba
  • Vassar College
  • Knox College