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Organizations to Contact for Resources or Assistance

Association of American Colleges and Universities
1818 R Street NW; Washington, DC 20009; Phone: 202-293-7070; ;

AAC&U promotes campus/community dialogues on race and runs the DiversityWeb, an interactive resource hub for higher education practitioners interested in creating an environment where diversity is considered part of an on-going commitment to excellence.

Community Change, Inc.
14 Beacon Street, Room 605; Boston, MA 02108; Phone: 617-523-0555; Fax: 617-523-1847; ; ww

CCI is a Boston-based non-profit organization which serves as a Center for action and collaboration among individuals and multiracial grassroots groups in the fight to achieve racial justice and equity. CCI maintains a resource center which features an extensive Library on Racism. CCI's website lists the thousands of books, videos, audio tapes, and periodicals which are housed at the library. Books can be borrowed from the library and returned by mail.

Community Relations Service
U.S. Department of Justice; Suite 2000, 600 E Street NW; Washington, DC 20530; Phone: 202-305-3001;

CRS, an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, is a specialized Federal conciliation service available to State and local officials to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence and civil disorders. CRS helps local officials and residents tailor locally defined resolutions when conflict and violence threaten community stability and well-being.

Hope in the Cities
1103 Sunset Avenue; Richmond, VA 23221; Phone: 804-358-1764;
Fax: 804-358-1769;

In a number of communities across the country, Hope in the Cities initiated a process of healing which involves honest conversations on race, acceptance of responsibility and acts of reconciliation. Conversations are a significant step in the process, but they are only a step. Hope in the Cities encourages participants in conversations to go to the next steps of responsibility and reconciliation. Hope in the Cities offers its experience, resources and a process of community change.

NABRE (Network of Associations Bridging Race & Ethnicity)
1090 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20005;
Phone: 202-789-3500; Fax: 202-789-6391; director Michael Wenger?’s

NABRE (pronounced "neighbor"), a new initiative of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, is a network of community-based organizations working across the country to bridge racial and ethnic divisions. Through dialogue, community improvement projects, school and club exchanges, joint worship services, and other activities, these organizations all work to create more just, inclusive and peaceful communities. As a network, NABRE enables these organizations to communicate with each other in order to share ideas and experiences and to build mutual support. NABRE?’s mission is to cultivate and nurture local leaders as they build and sustain alliances that break down and transcend artificial barriers of race and ethnicity in all sectors of civil society and in communities across our country.

National Civic League (NCL)
1445 Market St., Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202; Phone: 800-223-6004 or 303-571-4343; Fax: 303-571-4404; Phone for Washington, DC office: 800-308-9414; ;

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with offices in Washington, DC, NCL is a 107-year-old organization dedicated to strengthening citizen democracy by transforming democratic institutions. NCL accomplishes its mission through technical assistance, training, publishing, research, and the All-America City Awards, the nation's oldest and most prestigious community recognition program. Through the Alliance for National Renewal, a coalition of more than 200 local and national organizations dedicated to the principles of civic renewal, NCL shares stories of innovative community problem solving efforts and offers assistance to citizens working together to improve their communities.

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)
P.O. Box 402, Brattleboro, VT 05302; Phone: 802-254-7341;; Sandy Heierbacher:

NCDD is a Coalition of organizations and individuals who are committed to strengthening and uniting the growing dialogue and deliberation community. Initially formed to organize the first National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation in October 2002, which brought together practitioners and theorists from across the entire spectrum of D&D practice, NCDD continues to grow in scope and membership.

National Issues Forums
Phone: 800-433-7834;; Ginny O'Connor:

NIF is a network of educational and community organizations that deliberate about nationwide issues. NIF publishes deliberation guides on such topics as Racial and Ethnic Tensions: What Should We Do?; Money and Politics: Who Owns Democracy?; and Violent Kids: Can We Change The Trend? The NIF network includes civic and educational organizations that recognize the need for citizens to deliberate together about issues they care about before they make decisions.

National MultiCultural Institute
3000 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 438; Washington, DC 20008-2556;
Phone: 202-483-0700; Fax: 202-483-5233;

The National MultiCultural Institute (NMCI) is a national training and development organization which strives to increase communication and respect among people of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and to provide a forum for discussion of the critical issues of multiculturalism facing our society. NMCI is a private non-profit organization that holds diversity conferences, conducts trainings, develops educational resource materials and initiates special projects of interest to the field. Organizations and communities which contact NMCI can request many types of diversity trainings, including interracial dialogue.

Public Conversations Project
46 Kondazian Street, Watertown, MA 02472-2832; Phone: 617-923-1216;;

The Public Conversations Project designs and facilitates conversations in which people who have become destructively divided by their differences can deliberately avoid repeating their habitual, unproductive ways of relating and, instead develop new modes of communicating that lead to mutual understanding, respect and trust. In addition to their groundbreaking grassroots dialogue work, PCP provides trainings, presentations, and workshops on such things as the power of dialogue, inquiry as intervention, and the architecture of dialogue.

The San Mateo Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group
Phone: 650-574-8303; Fax: 650-573-1217, [email protected],

Len and Libby Traubman have been organizing Jewish-Palestinian dialogue in the San Francisco area for over a decade. Their website features a 'how to' page on initiating Jewish-Palestinian dialogue groups, as well as many great articles and links. On request, they have mailed free dialogue background and guideline materials to over 1000 interested individuals representing over 600 institutions, 400 cities, 40 states, and 30 nations. The Traubmans have spawned a number of similar, yet diverse groups in the Bay area, and their ideas have been spreading into new cities and campuses.

Study Circles Resource Center
P.O. Box 203; Pomfret, CT 06258; Phone: 860-928-2616;
Fax: 860-928-3713;

SCRC helps communities to organize study circles?—small-group, democratic, highly participatory discussions (dialogues) that give everyday people the opportunity to make a difference in their communities. SCRC provides free and low-cost publications to communities across the country which are interested in establishing study circle programs, and SCRC staff members are willing to work with community leaders at every stage of the organizing process.

Western Justice Center
85 South Grand Avenue; Pasadena, California 91105; Phone: 626-584-7494;
Fax: 626-568-8223;

The Western Justice Center is a non-profit research and development center which works collaboratively with other organizations to create, evaluate and replicate new ways to resolve conflicts and improve the quality of justice in the regional, national and international spheres. The Western Justice Center provides an online database (not updated since 1998 or so) to help people connect with organizations working to prevent violence, to resolve conflicts and to promote intergroup dialogue and cross-cultural collaboration.

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