Intergroup Relations

A Letter From The Directors (October 2015)

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the autumn weather! As always, we in IGR are greatly enjoying the Fall term and all the new excitement and energy the students bring to it. This term, we are excited to be offering our intergroup dialogue course to 117 students.

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Meet the 2015 CommonGround Student Workshop Team

by LaQwana Dockery, IGR Programming Team

Within IGR, you will find CommonGround, the co-curricular student-led workshop program. CommonGround works with student organizations, residence halls, Greek life, academic courses, and other campus communities in raising awareness around social identities, prejudice, stereotyping, power, privilege, and oppression through workshops that involve Intergroup Dialogue. CommonGround workshops are facilitated and coordinated by trained U-

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Graduate Student Interns

The CommonGround Graduate Interns supervise the two Program Coordinators, and oversee CommonGround as a whole. 

Zoe Levin:

Helping Others Understand the Skills Gained Through IGR

by Jonathan Vanderbeck, IGR Graduate Student Intern

I’m new to IGR and will be working here for a year as a graduate intern from the School of Social Work. It’s been a great first month and I have enjoyed diving into my work. However, there is definitely a bit of a learning curve when it comes to understanding the work and role of IGR, particularly around courses regarding dialogue and facilitation. 

When I told my parents back in the summer that I had secured an internship at IGR, the first thing they did was ask me, 

“What is intergroup dialogue?”

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Program Assistant

The Program Assistant supports the function of the Programming Team by analyzing workshop evaluations and providing feedback for facilitators and curriculum specialists. The program assistant also updates the Student Voice and Access databases, assisting in preparing for retreats, weekly meetings, workshops, and other events, and maintaining Common Ground materials.