Opportunities for Practitioners

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The Program on Intergroup Relations offers opportunities for practitioners—higher education professionals across the country, as well as faculty and staff here at the University of Michigan—who value social justice education.

Higher education professionals

Intergroup relations education across the country

Our team works with faculty, administrators, and higher ed professionals across the country on bringing intergroup dialogue programs to their campuses.

IGR staff, May 2023

Consultations for colleagues that are outside of U-M to advance intergroup relations education across the country.

Join us to learn the philosophy and model of IGR for the purpose of creating a dialogue program on your home campus.


Community of Scholars

Faculty and staff at U-M

IGR's Community of Scholars is an intentional space for U-M faculty and staff to gain skills and experience with Intergroup Dialogue and dialogic pedagogy, while building meaningful relationships with passionate colleagues and IGD practitioners. Once you have participated in one of our offerings, we consider you part of our community! We nurture and invest in our Community of Scholars through semi-regular social gatherings and topical seminars open to those working for all three U-M campuses. We hope this community fosters connection, growth, and joy for colleagues who are interested in practicing and advancing social justice education at the University of Michigan.  

Learn more about our Community of Scholars opportunities below.

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Eight week seminar in the fall for faculty and staff interested in learning about Intergroup Dialogue pedagogy.

90-minute intergroup dialogue sessions offered during winter semester, facilitated by IGR faculty.


Patrick Kazyak-Albaladejo Muñiz

Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships and Dissemination

Patrick Kazyak-Albaladejo Muñiz (they/them) is the associate director for strategic partnerships and dissemination at The Program on Intergroup Relations. In their role, Patrick provides leadership and guidance in the creation, implementation, and assessment of strategic relationships and partnerships to help U-M build capacity for dialogic education and advance the field of intergroup relations education nationally. They are also responsible for coordination of the National Intergroup Dialogue Institute as well as IGR’s consultation program.

Cesar Vargas-Leon

Program Manager

Cesar Vargas-Leon (he/him/his) is a program manager supporting IGR’s CommonGround and other partnerships. He works with a team of graduate and undergraduate students to execute requested programs that raise awareness about social identities, prejudice, stereotyping, power, privilege, and oppression for students who are part of the University of Michigan’s community. Cesar is passionate about transforming spaces, structures, and systems through the art of storytelling. He holds a BA in sociology and Latinx studies from the University of Michigan.

danny alvarez

Lecturer III

danny alvarez (they/them) is a lecturer with The Program on Intergroup Relations in the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. They're a passionate facilitator, educator, and organizer who has applied social work practices to their work for the last decade. With practices strongly rooted in popular education and intergroup dialogue pedagogy, they have taught, developed and managed programs at both U-M and Stanford University over the last 5 years.

Stephanie Hicks

Lecturer IV

Stephanie Hicks, PhD (she/her/hers) is a lecturer at The Program on Intergroup Relations and a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at U-M. Her teaching and research foci include diversity, equity and inclusion policy in higher education, intergroup dialogue and social justice education. As a lecturer, Stephanie teaches courses for the Program and coordinates the Race & Ethnicity Engagement efforts between IGR and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.


Have any questions?

For inquiries, contact Patrick Kazyak-Albaladejo Muñiz ([email protected]).