Intergroup Relations

Faculty Chat: Kelly Maxwell

October 2015

For this edition of "Faculty Chat", a regular feature where we share things you may not know about IGR faculty members, we sat down with IGR Co-Director (LSA) Kelly Maxwell.  In her role, Kelly provides overall direction for the program in addition to teaching courses and leading several other projects both in and outside of IGR. We hope you enjoy learning about Kelly outside of her work role!

Q: Where did you grow up and where did you go to college?

Photo of Rose, Jackson, and Kelly Maxwell

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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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. 

Melissa Charles:


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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