Shana Schoem, JD

Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives

Shana Schoem (she/her/hers) is the associate director for strategic partnerships and initiatives at The Program on Intergroup Relations. Her work involves envisioning, creating and facilitating high-impact dialogic programs for faculty and staff at the University of Michigan and across the field of higher education nationally and internationally. She has over 20 years of experience as a facilitator and has been regularly developing social justice education curriculum for nearly a decade.

Some of the programs Shana leads include:

Shana is published for her work on Intergroup Dialogue and dialogic practices in An Introduction to Intergroup Dialogue (Cognella 2019); Graduate Student Development and Preparation in the 21st Century (New Directions in Teaching and Learning Series, Jossey-Bass 2020) and a forthcoming intergroup dialogue facilitation reader.

Shana holds a BA in women’s studies (now women's and gender studies) and an executive coaching certification from the University of Michigan; and a JD from the University of Miami. She is passionate about relationship and community-building for social change, raising her kids, art and gardening.

Educational background

  • BA in women's studies, University of Michigan
  • Executive coaching certification, University of Michigan
  • JD, University of Miami


Recent publications


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