Intergroup Relations

IGR Student Engagement Team Brings IGR Community Together

With courses, workshop programs, research projects, and more, IGR's students work in a number of different settings. In 2014, we decided we needed a way to tie them together as a community. Thus, the Student Engagement Team (SET) was born. Read below to learn about the work of the SET team and what's happening in 2015!

As the Student Engagement Team co-coordinators, Elena Ross and Gloriela Iguina-Colòn work to unite all those involved with IGR in various capacities. They write:

"Here are some of the ways we do this:

Elena Ross and Gloriela Iguina-Colón, IGR's Student Engagement Coordinators

Graduate Student Interns

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

Qiu Fogarty:

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 keeping updated the Student Voice and Access databases, assisting in preparing for retreats, weekly meetings, workshops, and other events, and maintaining Common Ground materials. The program assistant also manages interview logistics during recruitment of new facilitators, attends monthly meetings, and assists other programming team members in daily operations.


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CommonGround Program Coordinators

CommonGround's two program coordinators manage the workshop requests received by campus organizations, courses, and other groups seeking social justice education opportunities. They are responsible for meeting with requestors to determine the needs and goals of the requesting group, finding facilitators, and meeting with these facilitators to develop a workshop agenda. The program coordinators also coach the workshop facilitators to provide ongoing support and preparation.