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.

If you are a student interested in joining the CommonGround community as a facilitator or coordinator, please fill out this interest form for more information.

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Request Process Updates

*updated December 2017*

We are making changes to streamline our request process and wanted to keep you updated about these upcoming changes. In the last few years, the number of workshop requests coming to CommonGround has sharply increased. We are adopting the following changes to the workshop request process in order to improve your experience as requesters and to better meet the growing needs of our campus.

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Susmetha Baidya (she/her/hers) is a senior in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at UofM. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience along with a minor is Medical Anthropology. She’s actively involved in student organizations including Yoni Ki Baat (YKB) where Susmetha can focus on social justice for women of color.

CommonGround 10-Year Celebration

IGR’s CommonGround program has completed its 10th year, and we want to commemorate its success with all of you! On November 3-4, 2017, please join us for a weekend of reuniting with IGR alums to celebrate CommonGround through the years.

Congratulations Tahany Alsabahi and ‘Dolapo Adeniji!

CommonGround is proud to congratulate Tahany Alsabahi and ‘Dolapo Adeniji on their recent graduation and post-graduate employment! We are certain they will bring their voices and thoughtful care to all their future work, relationships, and learning. We are so excited to see where ‘Dolapo and Tahany’s journeys take them!

What’s Happening with CommonGround?

The CommonGround program in IGR develops and facilitates short, interactive, peer-led workshops on various social identity and social justice topics for groups of undergraduate and graduate students. Our program has had an eventful summer and Fall semester in 2016, full of workshops and exciting updates.

From new staff to a program restructure, there have been a number of changes in CommonGround. Earlier in the semester, two staff members who oversaw CommonGround—Danny Alvarez (Program Manager) and Taryn Petryk (Assistant Director)—accepted new positions at the Residential Education program at Stanford University and the U-M Ross School of Business, respectively. 

Fond Farewell: Tyra Bandt

Tyra Bandt, a long-time member of the CommonGround programming team, graduated just a few short weeks ago and will soon be joining the corporate business world. Because of her deep engagement with the program and dedication, we wanted to thank her for her work with us and send her off with well wishes! 


Request a Workshop

  • We are now accepting workshop requests for Winter semester. Workshops will begin January 22nd, 2019.
  • Winter semester workshops can be scheduled between January 22nd and April. CommonGround does not host workshops in early January as we use this month to train facilitators. 

 We appreciate your understanding and look forward to working with you!

  • Requests must be submitted three (3) weeks prior to the intended workshop date.
  • The general purpose of these workshops is to create interactive spaces to engage in dialogue about social justice and social identity. If your organization is seeking mediation, the Office of Student Conflict Resolution ( or Student Activities and Leadership's Student Organization Support can serve as resources