National Collegiate Dialogue on Race Relations Opens for Academic Year 2013-2014

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USAonRace.com will accept submissions from students and professors at universities around the nation on race, gender, and ethnicity issues.

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Professors are urged to encourage student participation by offering the dialogue as an opportunity to earn extra credit. The dialogue and various departments on the website also provide excellent resources for essays and research papers.

On Monday, September 16, 2013, USAonRace.com will open up its website to submissions from members of colleges and universities around the country as part of its National Collegiate Dialogue on Race Relations (NCDRR). This will be the fourth year of the dialogue, which has been designed to provide the opportunity for students and professors to actively participate in a healthy and meaningful exchange about important issues that continue to pose major challenges in contemporary society.

With the increasing racial unrest and racist incidents occurring in America and across the globe, open, honest and ongoing dialogues are needed more than ever. Just as USAonRace is dedicated to increasing a better understanding about race and ethnic relations objectives. This led to the founding of the NCDRR, with the following goals:

  • Promote understanding of the state of race relations and inclusiveness on college campuses;
  • Discuss and assess the challenges we face as a nation and as a society;
  • Stimulate active engagement in the development of constructive strategies to increase understanding and improvement; and
  • Achieve the level of commitment needed to take actions within our own communities.

How the Dialogue Works
Every day, students will have an opportunity to go online and share their thoughts on the issues and conversations of the week with fellow students at their college or university as well as with students from other schools. The conversation topics and issues of the week will be submitted by professors and other expert authors and journalists.

Professors are urged to encourage student participation by offering the dialogue as an opportunity to earn extra credit. The dialogue and various departments on the website also provide excellent resources for essays and research papers.

For convenience and to make participation user friendly, USAonRace.com will provide usernames and passwords to professors to be distributed to students upon receipt of the list of students that will be participating. Students will be able to access and participate in the dialogue by using their assigned username and password. USAonRace.com will provide professors monthly reports (or biweekly reports upon request) on student participation. The reports will assist professors in evaluating the level and quality of participation.

Interested students and professors should check out some of the conversations that occurred last semester, meet the distinguished advisory panel and peruse the participating colleges and universities. A short video, posted in the upper right section of the National Collegiate Dialogue page, discusses the mission of USARiseUp.com and its mission to increase understanding across race and ethnicity.

Registration
To participate, a professor must sign up through the website. A representative of USAonRace will contact professors with usernames and passwords to make it easy for their students to participate. All questions should be directed to Janice Ellis at jellis(at)usaonrace(dot)com or at 877-931-2201.

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In addition to adhering to the highest academic standards in the appropriate use of references when paraphrasing or quoting material, please note that all of the content on the website cannot be printed and reproduced without the expressed written permission of USAonRace, Inc.

About USAonRace, Inc.
For the last five years, USAonRace, Inc. has published USAonRace.com, dedicated to increasing understanding about race, ethnicity and culture. USAonRace.com has a new design and focus dedicated solely to covering race-related news and events across the United States and around the world, daily. It is the place to go to learn about race, racial tension, racism and discrimination that continue to impact contemporary society.

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