Resources for D&D Leaders at Colleges & Universities

AAHE?s Democratic Dialogue Community of Practice

The American Association of Higher Education (AAHE) launched a ?community of practice? (online workspace) in January 2004 for people at colleges and universities who have an interest in deliberative dialogue. Participants in this community of practice are encouraged to take advantage of all of the available tools for online conversation, sharing resources and posting announcements. The COP is not limited to cyber space; some face-to-face meetings have been held at various conferences for those interested. Go to the web address below and create a user name and password for yourself to begin.

Association of American Colleges & Universities

AAC&U runs a number of excellent programs having to do with diversity-related issues, and has initiated dialogue programs on many campuses. aims to significantly increase administrator, faculty, staff and student awareness of, access to, and use of conflict resolution information specifically tailored to the higher education context.

Community Change, Inc.

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.

The Democracy Collaborative

The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland undertakes integrated activities aimed at leveraging the resources of higher education institutions in support of democratic renewal, civic participation, and community building. The Collaborative's website is packed with resources, including information about "the engaged university" program, research projects on civic engagement and community building and reports on recent and upcoming Collaborative conferences and events.

Democracy Lab

Democracy Lab provides online forums for use in high school and college classes. National Issues Forums-style forums run for 10 weeks, fall and spring. Students from around the country dialogue in small groups and are guided from dialogue to inquiry and to action. Instructors adopt Democracy Lab and students purchase online access for $25. Democracy Lab also provides online mentoring for student civic leadership teams with some members going on to become online interns serving on Democracy Lab?s student staff. Fall 2004 issues are Americans' Role in the World, Three American Futures, Racial and Ethnic Tensions, News Media and Society, and Examining Health Care.

Directory of College and University Peace Studies Programs

This web page, maintained by Robin Crews, includes links to online course lists and syllabi.

Diversity Web

AAC&U's DiversityWeb is the most comprehensive compendium of campus practices and resources about diversity in higher education that you can find anywhere. This site is designed to serve campus practitioners seeking to place diversity at the center of the academy's educational and societal mission.

The Electronic Forum Handbook: Study Circles in Cyberspace

This handbook results from the experience of moderators trained in face-to-face dialogue who experimented with an electronic version on the internet. Two classes-one at Ithaca College in New York and one at the University of Georgia-were paired for an electronic dialogue experience in 1994. The Handbook is based in part on Study Circles Resource Center materials.

Implicit Association Test

It is well known that people don't always speak their minds, and it is suspected that people don't always know their minds. Understanding such divergences is important to scientific psychology. This web site presents a method that demonstrates public-private and conscious-unconscious divergences much more convincingly than has been possible with previous methods. The University of Washington and Yale University's age, race, and gender IATs can be taken on-line at this site.

Multicultural Pavilion

Designed and maintained by Paul Gorsky, this extensive website on multicultural education provides resources for educators, students, and activists to explore and discuss multicultural education. Includes a discussion board and email discussion forum on multicultural issues and education.

Multicultural Supersite

McGraw-Hill's Multicultural Supersite provides info and resources on multicultural education theory and practice for in-service teachers, pre-service teachers and teacher educators.

The Peace and Justice Studies Association

PJSA is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA). Both organizations provided leadership in the broadly defined field of peace, conflict and justice studies. PJSA is dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for social justice and social change. PJSA also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies.

Responding to Hate Crimes and Bias-Motivated Incidents on College/University Campuses

The U.S. Department of Justice's Community Relations Service, which assists communities with crisis management and violence reduction, developed this handbook. Also available: Police and Urban Youth Relations: An Antidote to Racial Violence, Police Use of Excessive Force: A Conciliation Handbook for the Police and the Community, Preventing Youth Hate Crime, and School Disruptions: Tips for Educators and Police.

Simulation Training Systems

Distributors of BaF? BaF? and other simulations/games that help people learn and develop in the areas of cross-cultural relations, diversity, empowerment, ethics, etc. BaF? BaF? is great for college students.

Teaching Democracy is web home of the Pennsylvania Center for Civic Life, an online meeting place and resource center for people interested in sharing what they know - or would like to know - about deliberative democracy. The focus of is on the teaching and practice of deliberative talk. Led by Jim Knauer, the program is interested in helping people and institutions share what they have learned - through research or practice - about how public deliberation affects learning and doing in classrooms, meeting rooms, in local communities and in virtual communities on the Internet.


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