Appendix C.
Directory of Resource Organizations

The descriptions below were written by the respective organizations, which are grouped as either "Partnering Organizations"-those with whom one might put on a dialogue-or "Educational Resource Organizations"-those offering additional information that may be helpful to organizing and conducting an effective dialogue. The Directory is not intended to capture every organization engaged in this type of work, but to serve as a starting point for those seeking dialogue and related resources.

Partnering Organizations

Anti-Defamation League
823 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212/490-2525. Fax: 212/867-0779.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract prejudice, bigotry, and all forms of bias-motivated hatred. The ADL Materials Resource Center offers extensive materials on prejudice, discrimination, ethnicity, stereotyping, and scapegoating. It also offers other tools designed to help schools and communities teach and learn about diversity and enhance understanding of different groups. The ADL Education Division and its A World of Difference Institute offer prejudice-reduction training for schools, colleges and universities, the workplace, and the community.

Hope in the Cities
1103 Sunset Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221
Tel: 804/358-1764. Fax: 804/358-1769.

Hope in the Cities is an interracial, multifaith national network which seeks to encourage a process of healing through honest conversations on race, reconciliation, and responsibility. It focuses specifically on the acknowledgment and healing of racial history, the sustaining of dialogues involving people of all races and viewpoints, and the acceptance of personal responsibility for the process of change. Hope in the Cities assists communities in building diverse coalitions with people in business, government, media, education, and religious and community organizations. Resources include a video, Healing the Heart of America, and a dialogue series based on A Call to Community, which has been endorsed by more than 100 national and local leaders as a basis for conversation. A recently produced Community Resource Manual documents process steps and case studies.

National MultiCultural Institute
3000 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 438
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: 202/483-0700. Fax: 202/483-5233.

The National MultiCultural Institute (NMCI) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1983 to promote understanding and respect among people of different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. NMCI provides a forum for discussing the critical issues of multiculturalism through biannual conferences, diversity training and consulting, special projects, resource materials, and a multilingual mental health referral network. NMCI provides training and technical assistance on all aspects of organizing and facilitating dialogue groups.

Study Circles Resource Center
697A Pomfret Street
P.O. Box 203
Pomfret, CT 06258
Tel: 860/928-2616. Fax: 860/928-3713.
E-mail: .

The goal of the Study Circles Resource Center (SCRC) is to advance deliberative democracy and improve the quality of public life in the United States. SCRC helps communities use study circles-small, democratic, highly participatory discussions-to involve large numbers of citizens in public dialogue and problem solving on critical issues such as race, crime, education, youth issues, and American diversity Through dialogue on matters of public concern, citizens gain ownership of issues and see themselves as people who can effect change at the local level. In the area of race relations, SCRC works with community leaders at every stage of creating community wide study circle programs-helping organizers network between communities, working to develop strong coalitions within communities, and providing free discussion materials and comprehensive technical assistance at no cost. More than 50 communities across the nation are currently involved in p g and implementing study circle programs on race relations. SCRC is a project of Topsfield Foundation.

Project Victory
1322 18th Street, NW #26
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202/822-8700.

Project Victory is an educational organization that provides training on dialogue and conflict resolution for a wide variety of groups. Project Victory has also helped to organize dialogues on race relations in many locations around the country and was one of the main organizations that helped to create National Days of Dialogue on Race Relations, which took place in January 1998.

National Conference for Community and Justice
71 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1100
New York, NY 10003
Tel.: 212/206-0006. Fax: 212/255-6177.
Contact Person: Scott Marshall, Director of Program Services

The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), founded as The National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1927, is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism in America. NCCJ promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education. NCCJ has 65 regional offices in 35 states and the District of Columbia. NCCJ works to accomplish its mission through four program areas: Community, Workplace, Youth and Emerging Leadership, and Interfaith. Sample NCCJ programs include Community Dialogues-forums taking place at the local and regional level that create a space for honest and open exchange of ideas on critical issues related to race and ethnicity These are targeted at a cross section of leadership and grassroots community members. Youth residential programs provide a set of experimental activities for high school age youth aimed at reducing prejudice and developing leadership skills.

YWCA of the U.S.A.
Office of Racial Justice and Human Rights
350 Fifth Avenue
Suite 301
New York, NY 10116
Tel: 212/273-7827. Fax: 212/273-7849.

The YWCA of the U.S.A. represents a chapter in women's history, the history of the civil rights movement, and the history of the United States itself. It operates in more than 4,000 locations throughout the country in 400 associations in all 50 states. Its outreach extends internationally through its membership in the World YWCA, at work in more @ 90 countries. For decades, the YWCA has pioneered efforts to eliminate racism through programs and advocacy The organization's vision of empowering women through the elimination of racism and sexism remains its driving force. The Office of Racial justice and Human Rights at the YWCA of the U.S.A. provides resources, training, and technical assistance to the local community and student YWCA associations to develop collaborative programs and strategies with other organizations to eliminate institutional racism at the local level in education, law enforcement, housing, health care, finance, and other institutions. This office also plays a key advocacy role at the federal level through its nationwide events such as the "National Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism" and the "YWCA Week Without Violence."

Educational Resource Organizations

U.S. Department of Justice
Community Relations Service
600 E Street, NW
Suite 2000
Washington, DC 20530
Tel: 202/305-2935. Fax: 202/305-3009.

The Community Relations Service (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 disorder. When governors, mayors, police chiefs, and school superintendents need help to defuse racial or ethnic crises, they turn to CRS. For more than 30 years, CRS has been asked to provide its experienced mediators to help local communities settle destructive conflicts and disturbances relating to race, color, or national origin. CRS relies solely on impartial mediation practices and established conflict resolution procedures to help local leaders resolve problems and restore community stability It has no law enforcement authority and does not impose solutions, investigate or prosecute cases, or assign blame or fault. CRS mediators are required by law to conduct their activities in confidence, without publicity, and are prohibited from disclosing confidential information.

Center for Living Democracy
289 Fox Farm Road
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Tel: 802/254-1234. Fax: 802/254-1227.

The Center for Living Democracy (CLD) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen our democracy by encouraging Americans to engage in solving society's toughest problems. A national center through which citizens learn from each other's trials and triumphs, CLD reaches millions of Americans with compelling lessons to make their engagement effective. CLD gathers and shares materials produced from direct experience in communities across the nation and presents seminars and workshops for organizations seeking to create more effective democratic cultures. In October 1997, CLD published Bridging the Racial Divide: A Report on Interracial Dialogue in America, the results of a year-long survey of interracial dialogues occurring in more than 30 states. CLD researchers interviewed more than 60 groups that use sustained, community-based dialogue across the racial divide.

Educators for Social Responsibility
23 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: 1-800/370-2515. Fax: 617/ 864-5164.

Educators for Social Responsibility's (ESR) primary mission is to help young people develop the convictions and skills to shape a safe, sustainable, and just world. ESR is a leading national center for staff development, school improvement, curricular resources, and support for schools, families, and children. ESR works with adults to advance teaching social responsibility as a core practice in the schooling and upbringing of children. ESR is recognized nationally for its leadership in conflict resolution, violence prevention, intergroup relations, and character education. The Resolving Conflict Creatively Program, an initiative of ESR, is one of the largest and longest-running programs in conflict resolution and intergroup relations in the country.

Project Change
Tides Center
P.O. Box 29907
San Francisco, CA 94129
Tel: 415/561-6400.

Project Change is a funding initiative aimed at helping communities reduce racial prejudice and improve race relations. Working closely with community-based coalitions in selected communities, Project Change seeks to develop locally driven strategies to reduce the incidence of racism as well as to dismantle the institutional structures that sustain its effects. In each community, the project begins with a planning stage, bringing together a task force comprised of local citizens from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, reflective of the demographics of the community. Then, the project moves into a three-year action phase, followed by a two-year transition phase, if warranted.

National Coalition Building Institute
1835 K Street, NW Suite 201
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: 202/296-3610.

This organization engages mostly in doing workshops on prejudice reduction and training in conflict resolution. It has expanded its repertoire by using a system called controversial issue process to help reduce differences by helping combatants "reframe the issue in a way that builds bridges."

Teaching Tolerance
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Tel: 334/264-0286. Fax: 334/264-3121.
Web site:

Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, produces a semi-annual magazine (free to teachers) and multimedia resource materials (free to schools) to help educators address racial narrow-mindedness. Recent titles include Starting Small: Teaching Tolerance in Preschool and the Early Grades and The Shadow of Hate: A History of Intolerance in America.

The Green Circle Program
1300 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel: 215/893-8400. Fax: 215/ 735-9718.

The Green Circle Program, a national organization since 1957, promotes respect, understanding, and acceptance of ethnic and racial diversity through an intergroup education program that contributes to communication skills, self-esteem, and responsibility Workshops are based on the premise that recognizing and utilizing individual differences strengthens the whole. The program works with all age groups and with anyone interested in building skills for living effectively with human differences. Green Circle uses interactive strategies that are structured for elementary school-aged children and develops education programs, workshops, and conferences for others who wish to address the issue of living with human differences.

California Association of Human Relations Organizations
965 Market Street
Suite 540
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: 415/543-9741. Fax: 415/543-9743.

The California Association of Human Relations Organizations (CAHRO), founded in 1973, promotes full acceptance of all persons by conducting activities to create a climate of respect and inclusion. CAHRO builds and supports collaboration to reduce community tension and to build intergroup relations. CAHRO is providing support and technical assistance to enable communities to build organizational networks to address bigotry and hate violence in California and beyond.

Public Dialogue Consortium
1522 Wells Drive
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Tel: 505/298-6616.

The Public Dialogue Consortium (PDC) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help individuals and groups find new and better ways of communicating in a complex, dynamic, and diverse society PDC's special interest is in developing better ways for the public to be involved in dialogue with each other and with government officials about public issues. For mom than two years, PDC has led a public dialogue process about "cultural richness" and "community safety" in Cupertino, California. In addition, PDC members have facilitated and taught facilitation skills for public dialogue throughout the United States and in other countries.

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