Reducing Prejudice and Discrimination

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Promising Practices in Reducing Prejudice: A Report from the President's Initiative on Race
Stuart Oskamp Claremont Graduate University James M. Jones University of Delaware

When people of goodwill join hearts and hands, we can free ourselves from the destructive grip of prejudice and discrimination. -- President Bill Clinton, 1999

In June, 1997, President Clinton announced a program, which became termed the President's Initiative on Race, as a featured step toward his goal of building "One America in the 21st Century." He named an Advisory Board of seven eminent Americans from diverse backgrounds, chaired by the historian John Hope Franklin, to oversee the One America program. The Board planned a series of programs and eventually produced a report which occupies 1414 kilobytes on the World Wide Web (www.whitehouse.gov/Initiatives/One America). In 1999, their work was extended in a New President's Initiative, to further the many steps that they had already begun.The part of this work which we will focus on here, the President's Initiative on Race, was a creative idea for addressing racial conflicts, and it is well worth publicizing to the professional community. Its staff conducted a number of activities directed at understanding and improving race relations in the U.S. The Initiative on Race was conceived with several broad objectives in mind:
Dialogue -- to promote a constructive national dialogue on race
Education -- to increase the nation's understanding of race relations and diversity
Community Building -- to bridge racial divides through community leadership
Problem Solving -- to identify race-related problems and their possible solutions

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