Parents and Families

IGR Students Discuss Identity

Learning to work respectfully, inclusively, and productively with people who do not share our gender, race, religion, socio-economic class, sexuality, or other identities can be a major key to success in the classroom and the workplace. If you are looking for ways to foster these important and complex skills in your student, consider encouraging them to look at one of U-M's newest minors.

Through The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), a partnership between Student Life and The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, students can now earn a Minor in Intergroup Relations Education. Regardless of students’ future career plans, this minor can enrich their ability to be leaders who are thoughtful, compassionate, and skillful. Says IGR Co-Director Kelly Maxwell:

The IGR minor is a valuable complement to any major. Now more than ever, it is crucial for students to become national and global citizens who understand this nation's history and are able to work across social divisions and conflict. Students who earn a minor in Intergroup Relations Education will develop the insight and skills to lead diverse organizations and work effectively across difference.

The minor builds on 60+ years of intergroup relations theory and research. Through participating in engaged learning opportunities, students develop a keen awareness of themselves, both individually and as members of larger social groups. Additionally, they explore how prejudice, discrimination, and social inequalities manifest in society. Students can also gain skills in facilitating intergroup dialogue, intervening in conflict, balancing group dynamics, conducting intergroup dialogue research, and critically analyzing how identity issues shape our world.

For more than 25 years, IGR has served as the nation’s flagship program for the development, study, and practice of the four-stage model of intergroup dialogue. Through engaged learning, research, and leadership opportunities, IGR educates students on social justice and intergroup relations to prepare them to lead others in creating a more inclusive campus and world.

For more information about this minor, please visit the IGR website or contact IGR at


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Winter 2015 Newsletter

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