Intergroup Relations

IGR stands in solidarity with the Black community

It has been seven days since four police officers in Minneapolis murdered George Floyd, an unarmed black man in broad daylight. In the last week, we have witnessed a global uprising coalesce in response to this extrajudicial murder of yet another innocent Black man in our country’s 400-year history of murdering Black folks. We have watched as our president has instigated increasing bellicosity and has threatened what amounts to martial law in response to the uprising. And we have witnessed all this while living through a pandemic of generational and global impact that has also disproportionately impacted some in our country more than others, particularly people of color and low-income folks.

A Story on COVID-19 about Michigan Students

Ever since the return from spring break, life has not been the same for University of Michigan students. My name is Smitty (they/them), a first-year RC-LSA student, and the Writer/Photographer Student Lead for IGR, MESA, and the Spectrum Center. As I work on finishing my first year, the new lifestyle brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has been a difficult one for me to navigate, along with focusing on my studies and managing my mental health. When news of the university switching to virtual classes was sent out, every day after that for the next couple weeks had been a whirlpool of information and anxiety as every department started planning next steps for the uncertain future ahead...

COVID-19 Updates

Due to ongoing circumstances with the COVID-19 virus, IGR is taking precautionary steps in accordance with the University of Michigan. IGR has canceled all in-person classes, workshops, and events effective March 12 through the end of the Winter 2020 semester. In addition, as of March 24, the physical office has been closed and will remain so throughout the summer. The program is open online and is continuing operations remotely.

Opening the Conversation about Decorating Spaces for the Holidays

This season, think critically about which spaces are decorated for a holiday and how you can open conversations about the topic. Are you installing a Christmas tree in the office and playing Christmas music every day without thinking twice? Ask yourself the following questions when deciding whether to put up decorations or when you notice symbols in other spaces.

Graphic art by Jessica Hobbs titled "Surviving in a Winter Wonderland"