Recently, we spoke with a few students who have declared a Minor in Intergroup Relations Education or are considering doing so. Below are their responses about why the IGR minor is important to them.
Vishnu Venugopal, College of LSA: I think that IGR gave me the ability to speak about a great deal of issues that I had been dealing with for a long time and taught me how progress can be made if we are able to talk about those issues in intra and inter group settings. The program gave me the ability to have conversations across differences about the things that are causing those differences, which to me is incredibly important. IGR gave me that. And for it, I am eternally grateful.
Eli Zucker, College of LSA: I declared for the IGR minor because I have felt every circle of my life to be enhanced by the work that I have done as a dialogue participant and facilitator. The growth that IGR always seems to inspire in me is the most critical progression of self-awarness that I have had as a University student.
Ariel Kaplowitz, College of LSA: I have been involved with IGR since my freshman year, and it is by far the best thing I've done while at college. From my first dialogue class onward, all I wanted was to study Intergroup Relations, and to devote my time at school to learning about diversity and social justice. I am delighted to declare an IGR minor, so that I can continue learning about dialogue, communication, and social change!
Tahany Alsabahi, College of LSA: I am considering declaring the IGR minor because although I am heavily involved in IGR activities (such as being on the CommonGround programming team), I would like to enhance my related skills through a more academic understanding. I am also very attracted to the coaching, support, and community that come with taking IGR classes.