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.

September 6th, 2010
Written by Lillian A. Jackson in National Collegiate Dialogue with 14 Comments
Montage depicting images of the fight for civil rights
What can be said of race relations among Americans in the new millennium? It is 144 years since the emancipation of the slaves, 55 years since Brown v. The Board of Education, and 45 years since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Today a black man is the president of the United States. Nevertheless, how far have we really come and how far do we have to go? RiseUp set out to...
September 6th, 2010
Written by Janice S. Ellis Ph.D. in National Collegiate Dialogue with 4 Comments
Christian cross, Isamic crescent moon and star, and Jewish star of David
In 2002, Bruce Feiler wrote Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths. It became a New York Times booklist bestseller. In the book, Feiler goes to great lengths to show the common origin of the three major religious faiths — Christianity, Islam, and Judaism — by examining the defining role that Abraham plays in the lives of half the world’s believers. The recount of Abraham’s life...
September 6th, 2010
Written by David Wolfford in National Collegiate Dialogue with 3 Comments
Barak Obama
The intense vitriol in the public sphere over the past month against President Obama's healthcare plan — the raucous town halls, insulting signs, the Birthers' crusade, and Congressman Joe Wilson's outburst — begs to what degree these sentiments are fueled by racism as much as ideological differences concerning the president's healthcare proposal. Let's consider some of the acts and...
June 4th, 2010
Written by Janice S. Ellis Ph.D. in National Collegiate Dialogue with 3 Comments
Janice S. Ellis in her office
Beginning in September 2010, USARiseUp will launch and host a ongoing conversation, the National Collegiate Dialogue on Race Relations. It is an unprecedented and historic undertaking. The purpose of this major initiative is to foster a sustained conversation about race relations in America. Such a conversation is necessary to bring about an honest assessment of where we are, stimulate active...
June 1st, 2010
Written by Zimuzor Ugochukwu in National Collegiate Dialogue with 15 Comments
large group of students
In 1960, it only took four. On February 1, 1960 in Greensboro, North Carolina, a walk to F. W. Woolworths store would give life to the sit-in movement throughout the United States. Four African-American freshman college students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University made a decision that changed history: they sat in unison at a “whites only” lunch counter and refused to...


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