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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Student Coordinators

Student Coordinators:

CommonGround was born from the hard work and dedication of the six original student coordinators who invented the name and developed the program structure. Today, the student coordinator team is strong and its role has been adapted to meet the needs of the ever-growing program.  This team is still the primary source of innovation and feedback for the program’s growth and direction.  It assists the Programming Team with marketing workshops, recruiting facilitators, developing facilitator trainings, and implementing community building events.

Student Coordinators at work

Meet the 2015 CommonGround Student Workshop Team

by LaQwana Dockery, IGR Programming Team

Within IGR, you will find CommonGround, the co-curricular student-led workshop program. CommonGround works with student organizations, residence halls, Greek life, academic courses, and other campus communities in raising awareness around social identities, prejudice, stereotyping, power, privilege, and oppression through workshops that involve Intergroup Dialogue. CommonGround workshops are facilitated and coordinated by trained U-

Group Photo of 2015 CommonGround Team

Graduate Student Interns

The CommonGround Graduate Interns supervise the two program coordinators, and oversee the CommonGround program as a whole. 


Melissa Charles:

Program Assistant

The Program Assistant supports the function of the Programming Team by keeping updated the Student Voice and Access databases, assisting in preparing for retreats, monthly meetings, workshops, and other events, and maintaining Common Ground materials. The office assistant also manages interview logistics during recruitment of new facilitators, attends monthly meetings, and assists other programming team members in daily operations.

Benjamin Frey:

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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.



Request a Workshop


We will not be accepting Workshop Requests from November, 23rd to January 4th. We look forward to assisting you when we resume!