Intergroup Relations

The Patricia Gurin Certificate of Merit in Intergroup Relations is awarded to graduating undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated academic mastery in intergroup relations. The award's requirements include peer facilitation of intergroup dialogues, multiple courses in intergroup relations (for undergraduates), and a high level of academic achievement in these courses. Students interested in the award should contact IGR.Info@umich.edu. 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 (IGR).

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

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


Undergraduate Student Criteria:

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

  • Five courses must include: facilitation training (ALA 320), practicum (ALA 321), and a second semester of either facilitation or significant experience with intergroup dialogue research.

    • Facilitation experience may include: dialogue facilitation (ALA 322), creating inclusive communities (ALA 421), leadership and facilitation (ALA 471/472), at least 30-hours of experience in CommonGround facilitation, or Summer Youth Dialogues social justice fellow.

    • Research experience may include: facilitation for effective leadership (ALA 324), research practicum (ALA 329), creating inclusive communities (ALA 421), or serving as a Research Assistant. 

  • Additional courses: intergroup dialogues (ALA 122), making the most of Michigan (ALA 171), foundations of intergroup relations education (ALA 220), conflict and co-existence (ALA 228), IGR- Directed Study (ALA 323), capstone (ALA 429), social psychology in community settings (UC 421), project community (Soc 389).

    • ​Students may request consideration of other courses on social diversity or social justice topics.

Graduate Student Criteria:

Certificates will be awarded to persons who have completed at least 5 intergroup relations-related “experiences.” Typically, 1 experience = 1 semester of active, engaged participation. These 5 experiences must include 2 semesters of facilitation with IGR (which counts as 2 out of the 5 experiences).

  • Five facilitation experiences may include: serving as a Graduate Student Instructor for training ALA 320 or practicum ALA 321, at least 30-hours of experience in CommonGround facilitation, or Summer Youth Dialogues social justice fellow.

  • Non-facilitation experiences may include: completing the IGR-CRLT multi-session “Training for Diversity and Inclusive Teaching,” dialogue facilitation for diversity (SW 709), understanding social justice (SW 799), significant participation in intergroup relations research, or serving as a Graduate Intern.


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All students who receive Gurin Certificates are automatically nominated for the Liberatory Education Cord.