Intergroup Relations

SYD 2019

[To be updated in Winter 2020]

Summer Youth Dialogues (SYD) is an intensive summer fellowship program for University of Michigan students (undergraduate and graduate) to facilitate dialogue among high school age youth in metropolitan Detroit - one of the nation's most segregated metropolitan areas. High school students of African, Asian, European, Latinx, and Middle Eastern descent participate in structured dialogues, tours, retreats, and community projects to challenge discrimination and create change. The program culminates with an overnight campus residential retreat and two full-day experiences at the University.

SYD 2019 seeks U-M students who are committed to intergroup dialogue to become Social Justice Fellows. Fellows will enter a variety of communities and facilitate dialogues and community-building projects from urban and suburban school districts, grassroots groups, and community agencies. Fellows will gain training and support to be able to run the program and facilitate dialogue.

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 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

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 $1,500. Fellows will also be invited to apply for an additional IGR grant of $1,000.00.

External website:
Deadline: Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, 5pm


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