The purpose of the National Collegiate Dialogue, which will begin its Spring Semester on January 30, 2012, is to foster a sustained conversation to improve race relations on campus, in our communities, and across the United States. The focus for the Spring Semester will be "Race and the 2012 Presidential Election."
Students will have an opportunity to go online and share their thoughts on the "Issues" and "Conversation" of the week with fellow students at their college or university as well as with students from other schools. Professors are urged to encourage student participation by offering the dialogue as an opportunity to earn extra credit. The dialogue and various departments on the website provide excellent resources for essays and research papers.
USARiseUp.com will provide usernames and passwords to professors for distribution to students upon receipt of the list of students who will participate. Student will use their individual username and password to participate in the dialogue. USARiseUp will also provide professors with monthly reports (or biweekly reports upon request) on student participation.
Feedback from professors and students about the last academic year confirms that we have begun a dialogue that is greatly needed.
Professors, journalists, and other experts submit the topics for conversations. Suggested areas for submissions include:
Education: Achievement gap/disparities, opportunities, trends across racial/ethnic groups.
Sociology: Stereotypes and social norms, intergenerational issues regarding perceptions about race and ethnicity.
Work Place: How race plays a role in job placement, career growth, wealth accumulation, etc.
Community: Physical, cultural, traditional lines of demarcation, housing, home ownership.
Family Values: The ever changing roles, and traditions, as well as the short-term/long-term impact.
Politics: The potential influence of the 'Changing Face of America"; by 2050, America will be a nation of minorities. What are the implications?
Any other areas that will shed enlightenment, stimulate conversation, and advance the dialogue.
If you wish to sign up your class or make a submission for discussion, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, so much, for being a part of this most needed conversation.