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1999 CAMPUS WEEK OF DIALOGUE ON RACE HIGHLIGHTS

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION AND THE PRESIDENT?S INITIATIVE FOR ONE AMERICA LAUNCHED 2ND ANNUAL CAMPUS WEEK OF DIALOGUE

Campus Week of Dialogue originated as part of President Clinton's Initiative on Race, which engages Americans in a conversation on race and race relations. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education and the President's Initiative for One America joined efforts to sponsor the 2nd annual Campus Week of Dialogue during the week of October 4-8, 1999 and throughout the month of October. Over 600 colleges and universities from 49 states participated in national conversations on race, diversity and multiculturalism.

SECRETARY RILEY SPREADS THE WORD

U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley and Robert (Ben) Johnson, Assistant to President Clinton and Director of the President?s Initiative for One America, wrote to college and university presidents, student leaders, associations, and community based organizations. This letter asked Presidents to host an activity on their campus during Campus Week. The outreach efforts included Cabinet members, members of the U.S. Congress, and U.S. Department of Education senior officers, who were asked to visit campuses to participate in panel discussions at an institution of their choice in support of this initiative.

A CAMPUS WEEK OF DIALOGUE WEB SITE

The web site contains information on many aspects of this effort including information about how to conduct town hall meeting or develop campus community partnerships. Other helpful information includes the One America Dialogue Guide: Conducting a Discussion on Race and how to conduct community dialogues. For further information access the web site, http://www.ed.gov/campusdialogue/

STUDENTS LEADERS AT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA SIGNED A COVENANT IN THE PRESENCE OF SECRETARY RILEY TO WORK ON RACIAL ISSUES

Students and student leaders signed a covenant to work together on racial issues. Secretary Riley stated, "what you are starting today - with your plans of action and the signing of the social treaty - is a strong beginning indeed. You are making a commitment not to shy away from this issue, but to address it, confront it, share feelings about it and work together to draw strength from it."

UNDER SECRETARY JUDITH WINSTON?S SPEECH AT SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY

U.S. Under Secretary of Education (Acting) and General Counsel Judith Winston's speech titled "Race and Diversity in America: Challenges and Opportunities" helped to create thought provoking discussion on race. She emphasized that "establishing a ?connectedness? unlike a connection is harder. It requires an uncomfortable reaching out beyond the familiar, beyond our usual narrow definitions of community."

PULITIZER PRIZE JOURNALIST LES PAYNE AND COMMUNITY LEADERS, JOIN YORK COLLEGE TOWN HALL CONVERSATION ON RACE

York College, City University of New York campus held a Town Hall Meeting on October 4, l999 entitled: Conversation on Race and Ethnicity. Approximately 500 students, faculty, community members, and administrators were in attendance and participated in the session. Dr. Charles C. Kidd, Sr., York College President, who hosted the event, said the purpose of the discussion was "not to discourage differences but to glorify them."

THE PULLMAN COMMUNITY BEGINS TO COME TOGETHER

Washington State University held their 2nd annual Town Hall meeting on October 13, 1999. The Town Hall meeting created a forum for students, faculty, staff, community leaders and elected officials to come together to discuss any questions and responses in the survey that the Office of Multicultural Student Services created. Earlier in the year the City of Pullman organized the Pullman Human Rights Taskforce, which is comprised of Washington State University students and members of the community. The director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services said the town hall meeting "was more than a discussion about campus diversity - it created a forum for addressing common issues that have divided the Pullman community".

HOUSTON GETS "SKIN DEEP"

On October 6, 1999 each of the five campuses of Houston Community College System showed the film "Skin Deep," a multicultural presentation of a group of college students discussing diversity and racial issues in their lives and communities.

SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY

Savannah State University, an historically black university, held a number of Campus Week events over a two-week period. The session was locally televised and moderated by two local news anchors. Audience members of all ages emphasized the need to play an active role in their community to ensure this dialogue continues.

COLLEGE PARK FINDS COMMON GROUND

At the University of Maryland at College Park on October 5, 1999, approximately 200 students, faculty, staff, and administrators participated in Diversity Dialogue ?99. Students, faculty, administrators, and a cross-section of people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds came together to find common ground and solutions to this important issue.

COLLEGE STUDENT SUMMIT ADDRESSES ISSUES OF RACE

On the weekend of October 1-3, 1999, three hundred students participated in the first Statewide Student Summit on Race at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. The discussion focused on the need to be knowledgeable about the disparity in educational and economic opportunity that too often divides communities.


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