Intergroup Relations

The CommonGround Graduate Interns supervise the two Program Coordinators, and oversee CommonGround as a whole. 

Melissa Charles:

Melissa is a second-year graduate student in the Higher Education Administration program. Prior to coming to Michigan, she earned her Masters in Entrepreneurship from UF and worked for a year as a Community Organizer in Charleston.  Melissa likes ice cream, reading, penguins, spontaneous adventures, hip-hop, music and basketball.  Writing is something she actually enjoys doing (really). Sometimes she likes working out. And sometimes she is inspired to learn a song on the piano or guitar.  Finally, though she wants people to know she's a pretty intense introvert, she loves people and having meaningful, in-depth conversations with someone about pretty much anything is by far her favorite hobby.  She is excited to be a part of the CommonGround programming team because she has a passion for social justice education.


LaQwana Dockery:

LaQwana Dockery, also known as Q, is one of the three graduate interns working with CommonGround for the 2015-2016 school year. LaQwana is a second year graduate student here at the University of Michigan. She just received her Masters of Social Work  and will be continuing her educational studies in the field of Higher Education with a concentration in Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education. LaQwana has always been interested both career wise as well as personally in issues around social justice education, campus climate, and college access. In her spare time LaQwana enjoys sporting events, photography, and reading the National Geographic. 


Qiu Fogarty:

Qiu (pronounced like "Cho") is a first-year Masters student in the Higher Education program (Social Justice and Diversity). She grew up in New York and completed her undergraduate degree in Social Justice and Change from Occidental College in 2014. Prior to attending University of Michigan, Qiu worked as the Assistant Director of Campus Life at Bates College. Qiu is passionate about social justice education and the transformative power of intergroup dialogue. On a typical weeknight she enjoys snuggling with her cat, Liam, watching reality tv and eating take out.

Request a Workshop


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. 

 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