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Active Voice

Active Voice is a nonprofit, fee-based service provider whose work is an outgrowth of promising practices developed by the Television Race Initiative (TRI). Active Voice creates campaigns based on powerful issue-driven films. AV campaigns encourage individuals and community groups to probe, discuss and take action on timely and relevant social justice issues. In collaboration with a wide range of partners, Active Voice creates companion materials and trains facilitators in how to use the films as catalysts for civic engagement, volunteerism and coalition building. (continue)

Ignorant Activists: Social Change, “Higher Order Thinking,” and the Failure of Social Studies

In this chapter, the author examines the idea of youth critically thinking about public policy issues and shows how it has served to weaken both the practice of effective social studies education and the preparation of future citizens. In brief, the author's argument is that this use of social studies as a vehicle for promoting social change has rested on faulty assumptions about the intellectual capacities of youth and has deflected social studies leaders' attention away from the important role of developing students' understandings of important subject matter in history, geography, economics, and civics. The author conclude that this impulse has contributed to a curricular field that is in a state of crisis, lacking both solid curricula and effective pedagogy. (continue)

Cause For Concern: Hate Crimes in America

The first major comprehensive assessment of the hate crime problem in the United States, Cause for Concern discusses what is being done to promote respect for diversity and to combat crimes based on bias. The document includes ten recommendations for additional action by every sector of society. (continue)

San Francisco State University – Institute For Civic and Community Engagement

The Institute For Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) provides opportunities for civic engagement and leadership development at San Francisco State University for students, faculty and community members. Through innovative courses, experiential learning, political engagement, participatory action research and direct services, we partner the resources and expertise of the urban university with the needs of diverse communities. Working locally, statewide and internationally, we cultivate strong leaders who will effectively advocate for full social, economic and educational inclusion and fully participate in the civic life and political processes of their communities. (continue)

University of Michigan – Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR)

IGR is a social justice education program which works proactively to promote understanding of intergroup relations throughout the student community. It assists students as they explore models of intergroup understanding and cooperation while acknowledging differences between and within groups. A number of other universities have used IGR as a model for developing similar programs. (continue)

University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service – Master of Public Service Degree Program

The Clinton School of Public Service promotes a vision of world leaders who work with others to build healthy, engaged and vibrant communities. Its mission is to educate and prepare individuals for public service, incorporating a strategic vision, an authentic voice, and a commitment to the common good. (continue)

What Do We Really Think? A Group Exercise to Increase Heterosexual Ally Behavior

This 20-minute group exercise is adapted from Social Norms Theory and the work of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley. The exercise encourages heterosexual ally behavior by exploring the ways in which faulty assumptions perpetuate anti-LGBT bias. It may be adapted for use with adult and student audiences. (continue)

Preparing Teachers for Cultural Diversity

"These are especially critical times for democratic education. In important respects, our future rests on the ability of schools of education to prepare teachers to find pathways that help all of their students learn in much more powerful ways and to create community among cultures where there is now dissension.... This rich volume describes how teachers can be prepared so that they, in turn, can prepare their students to be successful participants in a highly demanding, pluralistic society." - From the Foreword by Linda Darling-Hammond (continue)

Working with Controversial Issues and Intergroup Conflicts: Gay Marriage

This issue of Facilitator Interconnection focuses specifically on facilitating intergroup dialogue on 'Gay Marriage' at Everett Community College. This session focuses on students' perceptions, messages, and understanding of sexuality and legislation legalizing gay marriage. This session, as one of two that look at controversial and current issues about racism, aims to link structural-political issues to individual experiences and perspectives. Download the 12-page PDF directly from the NCDD website. (continue)

Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education: Meaningful Learning About Social Justice

This volume outlines the theory, practice, and research on intergroup dialogue. It also offers educational resources to support the practice of intergroup dialogue. Addressing faculty, administrators, student affairs personnel, students, and practitioners, this volume is a useful resource for anyone implementing intergroup dialogues in higher education. (continue)

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