The Program on Intergroup Relations Helps Student Leaders Facilitate Dialogue Between Students
Conflicts between roommates or floormates can happen over differences in styles, tastes, or race and ethnicity, and it is something resident assistants (RAs) have had to deal with since the invention of college dormitories. This year, Carlow University is giving its RAs, first year student mentors, and others from the Carlow community training in how to recognize problems and deal with them constructively before conflict can get out of control.
To achieve this goal, Carlow University invited the University of Michigan’s Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) to campus on Monday and Tuesday, August 12 and 13, 2013, to train its RAs and first year mentors in how to deal with conflict in all of its forms.
“We have invited IGR to Carlow to teach our first year mentors and RAs, as well as a number of staff and faculty, on how to conduct dialogues that lead to understanding between students,” said Chris Meaner, the director of Campus Life and Student Activities at Carlow. “It’s an amazing program, and we are pleased to have them on campus.”
Since 1988, IGR is a social justice education program at the University of Michigan that has been engaging students, faculty, and staff to proactively learn about the complexities of living in a multicultural society. Through academic courses, workshops, research, resources and outreach, we provide opportunities for both the U-M campus and the general community to explore issues of intergroup relations, explicitly focusing on the relationship between social conflict and social justice.