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Resources on Intergroup Dialogue and Community-Building

Multicultural Teaching in the University, by David Schoem, Linda Frankel, Zimena Zúñiga, and Edith A. Lewis (Praeger, 1995)
This anthology includes articles on intergroup relations courses and programs. It also includes valuable information about training teachers and facilitators of intergroup dialogues and learning, and examples of effective classroom and workshop exercises.

Community Seminars on Diversity and Democracy: Study Dialogues for Public and Campus Learning (AAC&U, 1997)
This pamphlet and many other resources on campus diversity and building strong and productive campus-community connections are available on DiversityWeb at http://www.diversityweb.org

Hate Crimes: ADL Blueprint for Action (ADL, 1997)
This booklet is a compilation of ADL initiatives that can be instituted more widely in a variety of settings. It features information on college and university-based anti-bias initiatives and a section specifically on responding to bias incidents in college dormitories.

Democracy is a Discussion: Civic Engagement in Old and New Democracies, edited by Sondra Myers (Connecticut College, 1996)
With short excerpts from national and international experts on democracy and civic engagement including Benjamin Barber, Václav Havel, Jean Bethke Elshtain, William Galston, and Mary Ann Glendon, this handbook is ideal for starting discussions about building stronger and more just communities both on campus and beyond.

"Can't We All Just Get Along?" A Manual for Discussion Programs on Racism and Race Relations, 2nd ed., Mark Niedergang and Martha L. McCoy (Study Circles Resource Center, 1994)
Offers practical tips on organizing study circles to build bridges between people of different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and includes materials for five possible dialogue sessions.

Toward a More Perfect Union in an Age of Diversity: A Guide for Building Stronger Communities through Public Dialogue, by Martha McCoy, Catherine Flavin, and Marci Reaven (Study Circles Resource Center, 1997)
A discussion guide that helps move dialogue participants from words to action in building stronger communities through multicultural collaboration.

Skin Deep Study Guide (Iris Films, 1996)
This accompanying booklet provides background information and guidelines for discussion related to the film, Skin Deep: College Students Confronting Racism. Provides advice for working with faculty and staff as well as students and references for further reading and resources.

Shattering the Silences: A Framework for Group Facilitation, by Parker Johnson (California Newsreel, 1997)
This booklet can be used to facilitate discussion about the film Shattering the Silences. It helps discussants identify obstacles to progress and to consider specific practices which might make their institution more welcoming to faculty of color. Both the film and the booklet are now distributed by California Newsreel, newsreel@ix.netcom.com; www.newsreel.org.

Electronic Resources

The University of Michigan's Program on Intergroup Relations, Conflict, and Community (IGRCC), through intergroup dialogues, classes, and training programs, promotes students' understanding of and respect for diversity and helps develop students' ability to respond to intergroup conflicts.

Arizona State University's Intergroup Relations Center (IRC) encourages positive intergroup relations among students, faculty, and staff and improves the campus climate for diversity through education and training, resources and data collection, and research and curriculum development.

The Study Circles Resource Center organizes community-wide study circles--small-group, democratic, highly participatory discussions, that help citizens reconnect to public life at a local level and begin thinking of themselves as members of a community capable of solving its problems. Issues addressed include education, race relations, crime, and violence.

Additional promising practices in the area of intergroup dialogue can be found at the President's Initiative on Race website:

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