Intergroup Relations

*updated December 2017*

We are making changes to streamline our request process and wanted to keep you updated about these upcoming changes. In the last few years, the number of workshop requests coming to CommonGround has sharply increased. We are adopting the following changes to the workshop request process in order to improve your experience as requesters and to better meet the growing needs of our campus.

  • Requests accepted by semester: We can only accept workshop requests for the current or approaching semester. We will accept workshop requests for the Fall (Oct - Dec) starting on August 1st, for the Winter (Jan - Apr) starting on December 1st, and for the Spring/Summer (May - Aug) starting on April 1st. We can accept workshop requests until we reach capacity for the semester.
  • Maximum number of requests: Groups may request a maximum of 2 workshops per semester.
  • Waitlist: Once we have reached our capacity for workshops for the semester, we will add requesting groups to our waitlist. If a space opens up (e.g. another workshop gets cancelled), we will reach out to groups on the waitlist to schedule a workshop.

While there are a few updates in our program, other parts of our process remain the same. We are still committed to working with different groups across U-M to develop workshops that are tailored their goals and needs. Just as we have in the past, CommonGround will work with you (the requester) to schedule workshops for a day/time that will work best for your group and our schedule.

Here are some additional tips for requesting a workshop!

  • Please be sure to read through the What is CommonGround? article before submitting a request. This article answers many frequently asked questions about the workshops and workshop process.
  • Please follow our guidelines (listed on the Request Form) for what types of requests we can and cannot accommodate

  • We can only officially confirm your workshop once we have confirmed facilitators who can lead it.

We are excited to start working with you or to continue our partnership! We welcome any feedback or questions you have about these workshop processes; please reach out to

Request a Workshop

  • We will begin accepting workshop requests for Fall semester beginning September 1st, 2018.
  • Fall semester workshops can be scheduled between October and mid-December. CommonGround does not host workshops in September as we use this month to train facilitators. 
  • We are still accepting workshop requests for late November and early December. 

 We appreciate your understanding and look forward to working with you!

  • Requests must be submitted three (3) weeks prior to the intended workshop date.
  • The general purpose of these workshops is to create interactive spaces to engage in dialogue about social justice and social identity. If your organization is seeking mediation, the Office of Student Conflict Resolution ( or Student Activities and Leadership's Student Organization Support can serve as resources