Intergroup Relations

Photo of Alumni Student Coordinator, Christiana Allen-Pipkin

My name is Christiana Allen-Pipkin and I am the new Alumni Student Coordinator here at IGR. Words cannot describe my excitement to be a new member on the team. 

I have been bleeding maize and blue forever, as I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI. I just graduated from the University of Michigan in May of this year with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Community Action and Social Change (it is through the School of Social Work; it is a fairly new minor if it sounds unfamiliar). I couldn't leave home just yet, and why would I when we have the #1 School of Social Work in the country?! So yes, I am currently a Master's student in the School of Social Work here at the University of Michigan, expected to graduate in December 2016. My concentration is Interpersonal Practice with a practice area in Health. I eventually want to work on teams to implement wellness and advocacy programs in different cities across the country for teen youth and adults that focuses on awareness of social identities and their impacts on physical and health.  

I became so intrigued with what the program offered students after taking the Foundations of Intergroup Relations course that I became as invested as possible. So, I took the Facilitation Training course, followed by being a Dialogue Facilitator for Sexual Orientation. 

I owe this program so much, because it took me on a self-discovery path that I truly embraced, one which has made me the person I am today. Being that IGR is one of the only social justice education programs on campus, it is an honor to be affiliated. With all of that said, I hope to bring my personal experience and connection to IGR to keep the passion alive nationwide, so that students everywhere know that they can always call IGR their home and have a lifelong network with our program.

Please feel free to contact me at any time, as I am happy to talk with you. My email is splusc@umich.edu