Intergroup Relations

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.

If you are a student interested in joining the CommonGround community as a facilitator or coordinator, please fill out this interest form for more information.

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D Alvarez Wins Spectrum Center Award

Summer 2014

IGR's own D Alvarez will be receiving the MyVoice Award for the 2013-2014 school year from U-M's Spectrum Center this year. This award is given to a member of the MyVoice team whom The Spectrum Center staff feels has done an exceptional job as a volunteer panelist on multiple panels offered through the center.

David Alvarez speaking to people around a table

Program Manager

The Assistant Director and the Program Manager (Laxmi Shastry) provide big-picture oversight to the set of programs IGR is involved with outside of the classroom. One of these programs is CommonGround. Because of this scope of vision, this position considers the sustainability, integrity, financial development, and cohesion of these programs, as well as other factors.

Student Coordinators

CommonGround Workshop Program

The Program on Intergroup Relations

Student Coordinator Position


Goals of the position:

Logistics Coordinator: Max Stein

The Logistics Coordinator is responsible for much of the external communication outside the program, such as scheduling meetings between Program Managers and outside requestors and meetings within the CommonGround Team. The LC also creates and distributes the biweekly email digest, which lists available workshops in need of facilitators.  

Max Stein is the Logistics Coordinator for 2016-2017. He says:

Photo of Max Stein


Request a Workshop

  • We will begin accepting workshop requests for the Spring/Summer semester starting April 1st (workshops held between June - August 2018; We cannot take any workshop requests for May 2018 this year).
  • At this time, we are at capacity the Winter semester (workshops held between January - April 2018). 

 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