skip navigation

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

We encourage your Feedback. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Virtual Library and Abstracts Database, how you access the collection, and any ways we can improve our services.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection.
To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

How to Obtain Documents
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
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Country: United States of America
Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

* A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's web site is provided.