National Collegiate Dialogue - Racial Discrimination Cases & Discussion is proud to sponsor and host the National Collegiate Dialogue on Race Relations (NCDRR) for the 2014-2015 academic year. This will be the 5th year of the dialogue, which began with the 2010—2011 academic year.

NCDRR provides an excellent opportunity for students to actively participate in a healthy and meaningful exchange about this important issue that continues to pose major challenges in contemporary society. Download the following PDF to learn more about the purpose and objectives of the dialogue, and how it will work during this academic year. Meet the distinguished advisory panel and peruse the participating colleges and universities. You may also view the short video to learn more about the mission of and how it is a good resource for an ongoing conversation to increase understanding across race and ethnicity. 

Please take a moment to Sign Up and Janice Ellis will contact you to provide usernames and passwords that will make it easy for your students to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Janice Ellis at or call at 877-931-2201.

October 29th, 2014
Written by Eric Tucker in National Collegiate Dialogue, Race Relations with 46 Comments
The Justice Department is investigating the practices of the police department following the Aug. 9 police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown. That investigation focuses on alleged patterns of racial discrimination by the overwhelmingly white police department.
Does the Ferguson, Missouri police department need major changes because of the death of an unarmed black teen and the subsequent handling of the incident by law enforcement, the continued unrest in the community and lingering doubt about whether the real facts will ever be known or justice ever served? Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that there was an obvious need for "wholesale...
October 29th, 2014
Written by Emily Wagster Pettus - Associated Press in National Collegiate Dialogue, Race Relations with 17 Comments
School leaders have struggled ever since to improve both the image and the reality of a place once seen as a bastion of segregation. The latest initiative is a diversity plan Chancellor Dan Jones is rolling out this year, addressing symbols and substance to make the campus more inclusive.
Ole Miss is facing its history of segregation as it works to embrace and increase racial diversity. This renewed focus on changing its racist image comes as Ole Miss is enjoying its best football season in a half-century, and that's bringing new attention to Mississippi's flagship university. The Rebels haven't played this well since 1962, which happens to be the same year troops stood up to mob...
October 20th, 2014
Written by Mike Schneider - Associated Press in Common Ties That Bind, National Collegiate Dialogue, Race Relations with 21 Comments
Is "Stand Your Ground" laws a license, an excuse to use force or to kill?
Who benefits from "Stand Your Ground" laws and statutes? "Stand your ground" statutes benefit whites more than blacks, are unnecessary and cause minority men to live in fear, several experts said Friday to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission as it evaluates racial disparities in the laws. But one dissenter, an African-American lawmaker from South Carolina, said the law benefits black defendants by...
October 20th, 2014
Written by Eileen A.J. Connelly in All About Family, National Collegiate Dialogue, Race Relations with 33 Comments
Many are advocating travel bans from countries where there has been an outbreak.
Discrimination occurring as the Ebola crisis unfolds in the United States is becoming a growing concern. Several leaders in a Staten Island neighborhood that's home to a large Liberian community said Friday they are concerned about discrimination amid Ebola fears. The comments came at a town hall meeting held by New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett to address concerns about...
October 6th, 2014
Written by Jennifer Peltz - Associated Press in National Collegiate Dialogue, Race Relations, Setting It Straight with 18 Comments
Donald Kagan said he forgives now-retired Judge Frank Barbaro (left), who convicted him of murder in a case the judge now admits was tainted by racism.
Was there reverse racism in a murder case conviction, where a white man was found guilty of killing a black man? Donald Kagan had been in prison for murder for more than a decade when doubts about his guilt arose from an uncommon source: the former judge who had convicted him. The reason was more extraordinary still: The now-retired, white jurist felt he had been swayed by bias against Kagan,...


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