Intergroup Relations

Our CommonGround program is one way that student organizations, residence halls, Greek life, academic courses, and other campus communities can request programs that raise awareness about social identities (race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc.), prejudice, stereotyping, power, privilege, and oppression. Facilitated and coordinated by trained U-M undergraduate and graduate students, these interactive workshops help promote social identity development and enhance group dynamics, while building a community of social justice advocates on campus.

Workshops are designed around a 1.5 to 3 hour time frame and are customized to your group's needs. If you don't see a topic that interests you, please let us know and we can work with you to explore various opportunities. We request that all workshops be requested three weeks prior to the event.

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CommonGround: March 2015 Program Update

by Dan Green, CommonGround Graduate Student Intern


CommonGround has been having an awesome winter semester so far. We have completed 22 workshops already with over a month left in the school year!

D Alvarez Wins Spectrum Center Award

Summer 2014

IGR's own D Alvarez will be receiving the MyVoice Award for the 2013-2014 school year from U-M's Spectrum Center this year. This award is given to a member of the MyVoice team whom The Spectrum Center staff feels has done an exceptional job as a volunteer panelist on multiple panels offered through the center.

CommonGround Program Coordinators

CommonGround's two program coordinators are 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 lead CommonGround's student coordinators in developing marketing and recruitment strategies, and planning community building initiatives within the CommonGround community.

Program Manager

The Director of Co-Curricular Initiatives (Taryn Petryk) and the Senior Program Manager (D Alvarez) provide big-picture oversight to the set of programs IGR is involved with outside of the classroom. One of these programs is CommonGround. Because of this scope of vision, this position considers the sustainability, integrity, financial development, and cohesion of these programs, as well as other factors.

D Alvarez