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The University of Michigan is committed to transforming our students’ education by extending academic excellence from the classroom into real-world experiences that develop a global purview and a creative, entrepreneurial mindset.

The Potential

The University of Michigan is committed to transforming our students’ education by extending academic excellence from the classroom into real-world experiences that develop a global purview and a creative, entrepreneurial mindset.

The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program that works proactively to promote understanding of intergroup relations and inequality inside and outside of the classroom. IGR is designed to engage students in an active and constructive process of learning about social identities, communicating across difference, and building skills for living in more socially just communities. Through IGR students learn to develop awareness of their own identities and social positions, knowledge of communities different from their own, and the intercultural and conflict skills to navigate the complexities of an increasingly global community.

The Impact

Through engaged learning, research, and leadership opportunities, IGR strives to achieve its vision by educating University of Michigan students, the campus community, and the higher education community nationally on understanding intergroup relations, social inequality, and social justice issues. Specifically, IGR prepares students with skills and knowledge to help create an inclusive campus environment and become socially conscious global leaders. IGR also builds capacity within U-M faculty and staff to develop a community of inclusiveness by providing training and support, as well as provides the national higher education community with innovative pedagogy and techniques to develop opportunities for deep understanding and learning about intergroup relations using intergroup dialogue pedagogy.

Inside IGR seven courses are offered to undergraduates and more than 300 students participate in intergroup dialogue courses annually. The program also invests in peer facilitators and 50 students are trained each year to lead intergroup dialogues. The benefits and reach of IGR extend beyond the borders of campus too as the program partners with other institutions of higher education and K-12 school districts to conduct outreach and dialogue sessions.

The Opportunities


  • Internships: $50,000 endowed/$2,500 annually
  • Curriculum Development: $200,000 endowed/$10,000 annually

IGR’s CommonGround program leverages trained U-M undergraduate and graduate students to facilitate and coordinate interactive workshops, which help promote social identity development and enhance group dynamics, while building a community of social justice advocates on campus. IGR’s workshops are one way student organizations, residence halls, Greek Life, academic courses, and other campus communities can request programs that raise awareness about social identities, prejudice, stereotyping, power, privilege, and oppression. On average, CommonGround creates 50 customized workshops for over 1,000 participants and these are led by 50-plus trained undergraduate and graduate student facilitators. IGR seeks funding for undergraduate assistants and graduate student coordinators in order to enhance the CommonGround program, as well as support for the development of ally and coalition-building focused programming.


  • Scholarships: $25,000 endowed/$1,000 annually
  • Program: $1 million endowed/$50,000 annually

Peer-led facilitation plays an integral role inside the Program on Intergroup Relations and removing financial barriers for students who want to become facilitators at IGR is a growing need. Intergroup dialogue facilitators are trained undergraduate students who lead a group of peers through a semester of intergroup dialogue. Facilitators are trained in dialogic communication, group building, conflict surfacing and de-escalation, and social justice education. They work in pairs to facilitate dialogue, not simply as teachers, but also as learners with dialogue participants around topics including: race and ethnicity, gender, religion, and socioeconomic class. IGR strives to provide 50 scholarships for undergraduate students who commit to facilitating intergroup dialogue courses in addition to creating general scholarships for students who declare a minor with the program.


  • Internships: $50,000 endowed/$2,500 annually
  • Program: $200,000 endowed/$10,000 annually

Every year IGR provides a number of undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to conduct innovative research on intergroup relations and social justice topics. Graduate and undergraduate students take the lead on their research questions closely guided by IGR’s nationally renowned faculty and staff. This research—ranging from beliefs and sexual orientation in social work to faculty identities and the challenge of diversity—provides important information on the effects and outcomes related to intergroup dialogues and social justice programing. The information obtained improves social justice and intergroup dialogue programs at Michigan and across the country to ensure the benefits to students remain strong. IGR seeks to fund research assistants to allow students the opportunity to explore and develop their own research questions, data collection methods, and design.


  • $500,000 endowed/$25,000 annually

IGR feels a responsibility to serve the broader community, specifically Metro Detroit, leading to the establishment of a partnership with the Summer Youth Dialogue (SYD) on Race & Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit program. This relationship spans over a decade and IGR supports educational opportunities for U-M students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, to participate as Social Justice Education Fellows in the SYD program. Fellows are involved in a few roles including, near-peer facilitators of intergroup dialogues for youth discussing inequality based on race/ethnicity, class, and local geography. IGR requests support for facilitation training and scholarships based on need for students participating in the outreach program.

Learn more about The Program on Intergroup Relations!

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