Donna serves as the LSA Faculty Co-Director of IGR. She works in partnership with the Student Life Co-Director to provide campus leadership in student learning in the areas of intergroup relations and social justice education. Donna guides curricular activities, mentors student research assistants, leads programmatic efforts to conduct research and is the academic advisor for the minor. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, Donna created and developed the Michigan State University Dialogue program where she worked with many high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, staff, and faculty. Donna’s research focuses on facilitating intergroup dialogue with specific attention to race topics in peer and near-peer settings. Her latest book Race Dialogues: Tackling the Elephant in the Classroom (Teachers College Press) with Sheri Seyka and Shayla Reese Griffin (2019) is recognized as the book of the month by the Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center. Donna's BA is from the University of Michigan in English and Latin American Studies and her M.A. and Ph.D. are in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Her previous work at Johns Hopkins University focused on US policy toward Cuba. In her free time, Donna likes to travel with her family, hike along Lake Michigan, run, paint, and chill with friends.