Intergroup Relations

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

Alumni Voices: Sharon Jacobs

This is the first in a series of “Alumni Voices” articles from IGR. The aim of the series is to provide alumni with a space to share their stories, and their journey from being an IGR student to where they are in their lives currently.

Sharon Jacobs

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Conservative Christian Beliefs and Sexual Orientation in Social Work By Adrienne Dessel

IGR is proud to announce an upcoming major book publication, co-edited by IGR's Dr. Adrienne Dessel. Dr. Dessel's book, titled Conservative Christian Beliefs and Sexual Orientation in Social Work: Privilege, Oppression and the Pursuit of Human Rights, is slated for publication in Spring 2014 and includes four chapters on intergroup dialogue. It is co-edited by Rebecca M. Bolen at the University of Tennessee.

From the book description:

Adrienne Dessel

Alumni Spotlight: Joe Person

Joe Person’s passion for IGR began when he enrolled in a dialogue on sexual orientation during his second-year in the winter of 2004. Before graduating from U-M in 2006 with a BA in English Literature, he completed the IGR training program for dialogue facilitation. Following graduation, Joe joined the IGR team full-time serving as the Program Assistant for over two years and in 2011 he earned his Master’s degree in Public Policy from U-M. He currently works as a Research Associate & Project Evaluator for the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Chicago.
Photo - Left to right: Joe Person, Ixta Rosa, Kendra Hentschel, Nitesh Singh