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June 22nd - 25th, 2020



Dear Institute Participant,

We hope you all find yourselves well during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are living in interesting times. We are writing to you to keep communication open about our plans for the 2020 IGD Institute in the midst of a rapidly changing situation. As of yesterday, the University of Michigan canceled all in-person classes. We met as an IGR leadership team this morning, and have decided, given the uncertainty of what lies ahead, we will make a final decision about whether to hold the institute this year at the end of April or early May. If you know you do not want to or cannot attend, we are offering full refunds at this time. If you have any questions, please contact If you do not attend, we will add you to our waitlist so you can sign up early next year. We will not roll over current registrants for next year’s institute. Please continue to check our website for updated information.

Monita Thompson and Donna Rich Kaplowitz

Co-Directors, IGR

Registration for the 2020 Institute is now full. Here is the link to be put on our waitlist.

Please subscribe to The Institute mailing list below if you are interested in receiving information about the 2020 National Intergroup Dialogue Institute when that becomes available.

New for Institute 2020: We would like to open up as much space as possible for attendees from colleges and universities who have never or rarely sent participants to the Institute. Upon submitting your registration, if we note that you are affiliated with a college or university that has sent participants to the Institute multiple times in recent history, we will follow up with you to discuss our approach and your options for this year in more detail. If you have any questions, please contact

The National Intergroup Dialogue Institute (The Institute) is an annual opportunity for higher education professionals (faculty and staff) to learn the philosophy and model of IGR for the purposes of creating dialogue programs on their home campuses. 

This year The Institute will be held June 22nd - 25th, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Join us in learning about intergroup dialogue and how you might use it at your institution!

  • Explore the overall dialogue framework and The Michigan Model
  • Strategize the development and support of academic and co-curricular programs
  • Participate in engaging activities commonly used in intergroup dialogue settings

Table at Intergroup Dialogue Institute

While we will engage in interactive activities, the purpose of The Institute is to demonstrate the curriculum and structure of intergroup dialogue.

The Institute provides support and skills for applying the pedagogy on home campuses. (This is NOT a Train-the-Trainer Institute. Time does not permit formal facilitator training, although there is a discussion of next steps in this regard.)

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Sheraton Ann Arbor
3200 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-996-0600


Tentative Times:

Monday, June 22nd
8:00am - 9:00am - Registration
9:00am - 5:30pm - The Institute

Tuesday, June 23rd
9:00am - 5:30pm

Wednesday, June 24th
9:00am - 5:30pm

Thursday, June 25th
9:00am - 1:30pm

View last year's agenda: The Institute 2019 Schedule-at-a-Glance

2020 Registration Information

Registration for the 2020 Institute is now full. Here is the link to be put on our waitlist.

We strongly recommend bringing teams from your institution, as time will be dedicated to strategizing the development and support of programs at your particular institution. Additionally, we strongly recommend that undergraduate or graduate students attending The Institute be accompanied by a faculty/staff member and/or be a part of an institutional team. 

Registration for The Institute has been limited to a maximum number of 70 people in order to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of all attendees.  


Registration Rates

Individual Cost $1,533
Institutional Teams of 4 People $5,092

** There will be no onsite registration and we will not have any books available for purchase. **

Registration rates include:

Your institution/national program would be responsible for airfares and housing in Ann Arbor.

Payment Information

We are able to accept payment via check or credit card 

Credit Card Payment 

Payment is accepted via Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover Card. After you submit your registration, you will receive an electronic invoice directing you to a secure payment site to process your credit card payment. 

Check Payment 
After you submit your registration, you will receive an electronic invoice. If paying by check, we allow a three (3) week grace period from the time you submit your registration to receiving your check. If we do not receive your check three (3) weeks after your registration submission, your registration will be canceled. 

Please mail a copy of your invoice AND check made payable to the University of Michigan to:

IGR National Intergroup Dialogue Institute
Attn:  Angela Wagner
University of Michigan
1000 McIntyre Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2494


You will receive an email confirmation acknowledging your online registration immediately after registering for the Institute. An invoice will be sent to you via Cvent once your registration has been processed, including a direct link to pay via credit card or information on how to process a check payment (depending on your payment selection on your registration). A pre-questionnaire and map will be e-mailed to each individual closer to the start of the Institute.


Cancellation notification must be received no later than May 15, 2020, in order to qualify for a refund, less a $50.00 administrative fee. Those who register, but fail to cancel by the deadline and do not attend The Institute, will not be eligible for a refund. Substitute attendees are welcome so long as we are notified by May 15, 2020. For cancellations or substitutions please email or call 734-615-1458.

In the unlikely event that The Institute must be canceled, the entire submitted registration fee will be refunded without further liability on the part of the organizers.

Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel Information

3200 Boardwalk Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 - (734) 996-0600

We have secured a block of rooms under the name "The National Intergroup Dialogue Institute" at the conference site (Sheraton Ann Arbor),  which is approximately 3 miles from the University of Michigan Central Campus. The Institute group rates are in effect until Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and subject to availability

For room reservations, please call the Sheraton Ann Arbor 734-996-0600 or use the online Marriott Reservation system specific to The Institute:

Nearby Hotels

Comfort Inn & Suites (0.5 mi)
3501 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 761-8838

Courtyard Ann Arbor (108 ft)
3205 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 995-5900

Fairfield Inn Ann Arbor (174 ft)
3285 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 995-5200

Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-South (0.1 mi)
925 Victors Way
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 665-5000

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ann Arbor (0.5-1.0 mi, depending on mode of transit)
600 Briarwood Circle
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 761-2929

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ann Arbor (92 ft)
3155 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 213-1900

Hyatt Place Ann Arbor (0.3 mi)
3223 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(866) 539-5067

Red Roof Inn Ann Arbor – University of Michigan South (0.6 mi)
3505 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 665-3500

Residence Inn Ann Arbor (0.2 mi)
800 Victors Way
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 996-5666

Transportation Information

The most inexpensive way of getting from the airport to Ann Arbor is via the Michigan Flyer. Information can be found and reservations can be made at the Michigan Flyer website. If you are taking the Michigan Flyer and staying at the Sheraton Ann Arbor, we recommend traveling to Ann Arbor Kensington Court (610 Hilton Blvd. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108) rather than Blake Transit Center, as the former is 0.5 miles away from the Sheraton.

Other travel arrangements may be made through a taxi or car service.  U.S. Limo Sedan & Taxi Service has 24-hour service and a variety of transportation services. Information can be found and reservations can be made at the U.S. Limo Sedan & Taxi Service website.

There are also taxis at the airport. A few local companies are:

Contact Information

Questions about The Institute or Registration? 

Phone: 734-615-1458