Intergroup Relations


The Patricia Gurin Certificate of Merit in Intergroup Relations is awarded to seniors who have demonstrated academic mastery in intergroup relations. The award's requirements include peer facilitation of intergroup dialogues, multiple courses in intergroup relations, and a high level of academic achievement in these courses. Students interested in the award should contact Taryn Petryk at . The award is named in honor of Patricia Gurin, Nancy Cantor Distinguished Professor Emerita, whose courageous and loving leadership in the cause of social justice inspires and informs the work of The Program on Intergroup Relations.

Patricia Gurin serves as Research Director for The Program on Intergroup Relations. Dr. Gurin's is one of the nation’s pre-eminent scholars on the benefits of structured interactions in intergroup. Her innovative ideas, her respect for academic and student affairs as mutually supportive entities; and her mentoring of younger scholars and students set her apart. Dr. Gurin's commitment to IGR includes her support, mentoring, and collaboration with IGR over many years, as well as her current endeavors as Research Director.

Criteria for the Patricia Gurin Certificate of Merit:

1. Certificates will be awarded to persons who have completed at least 5 intergroup relations-related courses, with a grade point average of at least 3.5 in these courses.

2. These five courses must include Training (Psych310/Soc320/UC320), Practicum (Psych311/Soc321/UC321), and a second semester of Facilitation.

The second semester of Facilitation may be either dialogue facilitation, facilitation of Psych 405, or CommonGround training and at least 30 hours experience in CommonGround facilitation.

3. The two additional courses may be chosen from:

  • FIGS (first-year seminars on various topics),
  • UC/Psych/Soc 122: Intergroup Dialogues
  • UC/Psych/Soc 218 (formerly Psych 401): Foundations of Intergroup Relations Education
  • UC 375/ SOC 375/PSYCH 321: Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity, and Culture
  • UC 471 (Formerly Psych 401/RCidiv 350/Soc 495): Social Justice in the Real World: IGR Capstone
  • UC 421: Field Practicum in a  University Setting  (Formerly Psych 405: Social Psychology in Community Settings)
  • Soc 389 (Project Community)
  • IGR-directed Independent Studies (e.g., UC/Psych/Soc 324, UC 325).
  • Students may request consideration of other courses on social diversity or social justice topics.

Students may list The Patricia Gurin Certificate of Merit in Intergroup Relations on thieir resume or otherwise use the certificate to demonstrate that they have successfully completed, with distinction, advanced study of intergroup relations and social justice education.