Intergroup Relations

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Our CommonGround program is one way that student organizations, residence halls, fraternity and sorority life, academic courses, and other campus communities can request programs that raise awareness about social identities (race, gender, socioeconomic
What is Common Ground all about?
**WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME** Workshop Facilitators: Since our inception, we have facilitated over 300 workshops to over 8,500 participants in residence halls, student organizations, and other venues. These short, request-based...
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The seven members of the Programming Team for the 2019-2020 oversee the programmatic aspects of IGR CommonGround.
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**WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME**

Our CommonGround program is one way that student organizations, residence halls, Greek life, academic courses, and other campus communities can request programs that raise awareness about social identities (race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc.), prejudice, stereotyping, power, privilege, and oppression. Facilitated and coordinated by trained U-M undergraduate and graduate students, these interactive workshops help promote social identity development and enhance group dynamics, while building a community of social justice advocates on campus.

Workshops are designed around a 1.5 to 3 hour time frame and are customized to your group's needs. If you don't see a topic that interests you, please let us know and we can work with you to explore various opportunities. We request that all workshops be requested three weeks prior to the event.

CommonGround is in the process of recruiting Workshop Facilitators and Curriculum Specialists. To apply, and/or find more information please use this application.

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Request Process Updates

We follow a workshop request process so that your experience as requesters meets your expectations and addresses the growing needs of our campus.


Workshop Facilitators

**WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME**

Workshop Facilitators:

Since our inception, we have facilitated over 300 workshops to over 8,500 participants in residence halls, student organizations, and other venues. These short, request-based workshops strive to promote and enhance awareness around social identity development and group dynamics, prejudice, stereotyping, power, privilege and oppression. We offer an opportunity for all graduate and undergraduate students to develop as facilitators while also building a community of social justice educators on campus.

CommonGround thrives through the dedication and commitment of the 20-30 active workshop facilitators every semester.


Request a Workshop

  • CommonGround is in the process of transitioning into the new academic year and we will be able to start facilitaing workshops October 1, 2019. 
  • We will be preparing for the new academic year through the months of August and September.
  •  Please reach out to Cesar Vargas-Leon if you are interested in becoming a CommonGround Facilitator or Curriculum Specialist.

 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 (www.oscr.umich.edu) or Student Activities and Leadership's Student Organization Support can serve as resources