Intergroup Relations

Winter 2014 Common Ground Retreat

Q: How do I apply to become a Facilitator or Coordinator?

 

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 semester on a rolling basis through April 11th, 2017 @ midnight. After applying, we will contact you for an informal interview.

 

Q: What is the difference between being a Workshop Facilitator and Student Coordinator?

 

Workshop Facilitators plan and facilitate workshops around campus for student groups, residence halls, Greek life, etc. Student Coordinators have more of an internal role inside the program. They can choose to be on the Community Building or Marketing & Recruitment team. Some of their responsibilities include planning and facilitating monthly meetings, coordinating social events and developing marketing materials.

 

Applicants are encouraged to apply for both positions if desired, and it is possible to switch between positions once in the program. Prior facilitation experience is required to begin as a Workshop Facilitator, but not needed to become a Student Coordinator.

 

Q: What is the time commitment for being involved in CommonGround?

We understand you’re busy!

 

Both WF and SC attend a required retreat at the beginning of the semester, that will take place Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1, 2017. The retreat is for the majority of the weekend from Friday to Sunday. After attending one retreat, you will not be required to attend again for the semesters after.

 

Workshop Facilitators decide which workshops they want to sign up for depending on their interest and schedule. Each workshop is about a 3-4 hour time commitment combining the planning and actual implementation.

 

Q. I have to work for 6 hours on the Saturday of the retreat. Is it okay if I just miss that portion?

 

We reiterate that attendance for the whole retreat is required. The retreat is extremely important for connecting with the CommonGround community and learning about social justice and facilitation concepts. Since the retreat builds on itself, it would be very difficult to have people coming and going. If you have a  major conflict with the retreat, you are welcome to apply and have your acceptance deferred until the next semester.

 

That being said, if you have a social-justice related event for a portion of the retreat, you are encouraged to contact us and see if we can work it out.

 

Request a Workshop

  ***PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING REQUEST***

  • We will accept workshop requests for the Fall semester (workshops held between October- December 2017) beginning August 1st.
  • CommonGround does not schedule workshops for the month of September because we use this time to recruit and train our new facilitators. 
  • At this time, we are booked and cannot take on anymore workshop requests for the month of October. We are still accepting requests for November. 

 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 (www.oscr.umich.edu) or Student Activities and Leadership's Student Organization Support can serve as resources