Department of Education Seal

 

Archived Information

One America

Campus Week of Dialogue
Many Paths, One Journey: Building One America

October 10-17, 2000

Campus-Community Partnership Meeting

 

  1. What is a campus-community partnership meeting on race?

    A campus-community partnership on race is a coordinated effort led by campus and community leaders designed to promote racial understanding within and between the campus and the surrounding community. During the Campus Week of Dialogue, we encourage participating colleges and universities to sponsor a meeting between campus and community leaders to discuss racial issues and how they can work together as partners to address those issues.

  2. What is the purpose of a campus-community partnership meeting on race?

    Colleges and universities are important parts of their surrounding communities where issues of race may be vastly different from those on campus. Holding a meeting between campus and community leaders in conjunction with the Campus Week of Dialogue can help bring new insight to the table and can help bridge any barriers that may exist on the issues of race. The meeting can also help form a powerful partnership between campus and community leaders to work together to promote racial understanding. On those campuses where such partnerships already exist, holding a meeting can help reinforce the important work that is taking place.

  3. How should a campus-community partnership meeting be structured?

    A campus-community meeting on race held during the Campus Week of Dialogue does not necessarily have to be a large event; a small meeting of 10-20 leaders may be the optimal size for an inclusive yet constructive discussion. However, the meeting should include leaders from the campus and from the surrounding community, including government, business, religious, and civic leaders, and should include individuals from as many different racial and ethnic groups as possibly. For more information, please refer to the One America Dialogue Guide, available at ( http://www.ed.gov/campusdialogue/) which has additional, general information on how to organize a race dialogue that may be applicable to your campus-community meeting.

    We hope that the campus-community meeting will not be a one-time event but will be the beginning (or continuation) of a partnership designed to promote racial understanding within and between the campus and the surrounding community. To secure this campus-community partnership, the leaders could pledge to meet regularly to further discuss issues of race and to organize activities that will bring people from the campus and surrounding community together across racial lines.

  4. What should be discussed at a campus-community partnership meeting on race?

    The topics discussed at a campus-community meeting on race may vary depending on local history and circumstances. In broad terms, the meeting is an opportunity to discuss issues of race and how campus and community leaders can best work together to promote racial understanding. Once again, please refer to the One America Dialogue Guide available at (http://www.ed.gov/campusdialogue/) for additional, information on topics for race dialogues that may be applicable to your campus-community meeting.

  5. What are some possible concrete outcomes from the campus-community partnership meeting?

    We hope that the primary outcome from the campus-community meeting on race will be the formation of a long-term campus-community partnership. More specifically, we hope that following the meeting the campus and the community leaders will do the following.

    • Meet periodically to discuss issues of race on campus and in the surrounding community and to develop recommendations to address those issues.

    • Organize activities, such as seminars, dialogues, and community service projects, which can bring together people from the campus and the surrounding community across the racial lines to explore racial issues and/or to work toward common goals.

Please use the feedback form provided (available on the web at (http://www.ed.gov/campusdialogue/) to report back about lessons learned and actions taken from your campus-community meeting. Your recommendations and feedback will be shared with the President.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Donald Conner, Campus Week of Dialogue Team, at (202) 502-7818, or email at donald.conner@ed.gov, or ReShone Moore at (202) 502-7893.