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  NCJ Number: NCJ 173431     Find in a Library
  Title: One America in the 21st Century: The President's Initiative on Race; One America Dialogue Guide: Conducting a Discussion on Race
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice
Community Relations Service
United States of America

President's Initiative on Race
United States of America
  Date Published: 1998
  Page Count: 41
  Annotation: This manual provides guidelines for developing and implementing a community dialog on race relations.
  Abstract: The manual first defines a dialog as "a forum that draws participants from as many parts of the community as possible to exchange information face-to-face, share personal stories and experiences, honestly express perspectives, clarify viewpoints, and develop solutions to community concerns." Elements of a successful dialog are moving toward solutions; reaching beyond the usual boundaries; uniting divided communities; and aiming for a change of heart, not just a change of mind. The manual provides checklists for "thinking about your community," "thinking about your goals," "thinking about who should be included," and "thinking about what format to use." Steps in organizing a dialog are forming a planning group, thinking about community needs, developing a vision for the community, determining how many dialogs should take place and for how long, recruiting participants, determining how to conduct the dialog, documenting the effectiveness of the dialog, and expanding the team. The dialog presented in the manual has four phases. The first phase sets the tone and explores the issue of "Who Are We?" through the sharing of personal stories. The second phase helps participants understand "Where Are We?" through a deeper exploration of personal and shared racial history in the community. During the third phase, participants develop a vision for the community in response to the question, "Where Do We Want to Be?" In the fourth phase, participants answer the question, "What Will We Do As Individuals and With Others to Make a Difference?" A discussion of the role of the dialog leader concludes the manual. Appended additional resources, additional questions for the four phases of dialog, and a directory of resource organizations
  Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs
  Index Term(s): Race relations ; Racial discrimination ; Teaching/training techniques
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  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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