Intergroup Relations

picture of students in Practicum course

ALA 321/SOC 321/PSYCH 311

(3 credit course with the option of enrolling in ALA 270 for an additional 2 credits)

Students interested in Practicum in Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation should read through the information below and complete an online Practicum application.

This course follows "Training Processes in Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation" and requires applied work in facilitating intergroup dialogues. Students will receive financial compensation for successfully facilitating intergroup dialogue. Students participate in weekly seminars and frequent instructor/coach consultations to: 

  • Discuss and prepare work for weekly dialogue sessions 

  • Strengthen facilitators’ own understanding of intergroup relations 

  • Further develop the co-­facilitation relationship and experience 

  • Discuss theory and practice of group observation, conflict intervention, intergroup communication, and community building 

  • Strengthen facilitators’ understanding and participation in liberatory education

  • Continue facilitators’ own personal growth and development in the intergroup dialogue process 

Practicum focuses on helping students develop and improve their skills as intergroup  dialogue facilitators and peer social justice educators. This will be done in the context of the belief that facilitation skills can be used throughout life to create positive social change.  Effective facilitators are effective social change agents. Moreover, by debriefing their actual dialogue experiences, facilitators can deepen their own learning about identity, discrimination, privilege, and social justice.  Ultimately, we believe that individuals with strong intergroup dialogue facilitation skills are one of the key pieces in developing a just and equitable society. This course fulfills the LSA Race & Ethnicity Requirement. 

*An additional two credits can be obtained by simultaneously enrolling in ALA 270.


Practicum Course Commitments

Students are not permitted to enroll in the course if they cannot attend the ENTIRE Practicum retreat. Here are the commitments for the Fall 2020 semester: 

Fall 2020:

  • Mondays, 2:00 - 5:00 pm and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Weekend Retreat
    • Friday, September 11, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
    • Saturday, September 12, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Sunday, September 13, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Questions? 

Please email any questions about the course or the application process to igrcourses@umich.edu or call (734) 615-1458.