Intergroup Relations

SYD 2019

2020 Summer Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit

University of Michigan students (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to become a University of Michigan Social Justice Fellow to join an educational team and facilitate the Summer Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit Program (SYD) in an extended program.

SYD increases dialogue among high school age youth in metropolitan Detroit, the nation’s most segregated metropolitan area. Young people of African, Asian, European, Latinx/a/o, and Middle Eastern descent participate in structured dialogues, metropolitan tour, campus retreat, and community projects that increase dialogue, challenge discrimination, and create change.

We seek those with commitment to intergroup dialogue and community change. Fellows will enter a variety of communities and facilitate dialogues and community-building projects with young people from urban and suburban school districts, grassroots groups, and community agencies. Facilitators do not need extensive experience, and will receive training and support throughout the process and be prepared to aid with coordinating programming as well as facilitating dialogue as a variety of roles are needed throughout the program.

The primary youth program includes multi-day experiences prior to an overnight campus residential retreat and concluding with two additional full-day experiences. In addition, facilitators will participate in training, preparation, and debriefing for their unique role in the months leading up to this. The program is a partnership of the University of Michigan’s Youth and Community Program, School of Social Work (SSW),), and The Program on
Intergroup Relations (IGR).

Educational and Practical Experience: Fellows will have the opportunity to enroll in a for-credit social work mini-course (1 c.u.) on intergroup dialogue and social justice, and a for-credit facilitation support / engaged learning experience (3 c.u.) during the Spring-Summer terms.  

IGR minor program students can count their course credit to their elective courses requirement in the minor. IGR minor students who have questions about fulfilling their minor requirements should contact IGRminorappointments@umich.edu to set up an advising appointment.

CASC minor program students can count their course credit toward their Diversity requirement in the minor. CASC students who have questions about fulfilling their Diversity requirement should contact Amber Williams at ambnicol@umich.edu.

We are looking for the best available facilitators and will arrange for you to register for the credit in the Fall semester, if it saves you the cost of tuition. All fellows will receive a paid stipend of $2,500.

External website: http://bit.ly/SYDFellows
The application is closed. All positions have been filled.
Apply: https://forms.gle/VFFbzZ13BKDv1zQG6

Selected applicants will participate in a group interview before acceptance into the program. For more information, please contact Roger Fisher (IGR) at rogerf@umich.edu.

SYD is a partnership of the University of Michigan's Youth and Community Program, School of Social Work, and The Program on Intergroup Relations.