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ERIC Number: EJ787555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
From Disenchantment to Dialogue and Action: The "Transforming Community" Project at Emory University
Harris, Leslie M.; Usher, Jody
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v40 n2 p18-23 Mar-Apr 2008
In this article, the authors describe the "Transforming Community Project" (TCP) at Emory University. Emory University is large and dispersed: It comprises approximately 2,700 faculty, 6,400 staff members, and 12,300 students across nine academic divisions. The Transforming Community Project is oriented to both process and product. The process of meeting and deliberating creates new ways for individuals and groups to practice the experience of living in diverse communities and negotiating ways to approach the challenges and opportunities that result. The products include a larger group of people with the comfort and capacity to address questions of racial difference in their daily lives, community-based knowledge of the history and current experiences of race at Emory, and ultimately a number of creative projects (plays, films, books, articles, art exhibits) that will be available for classroom and community use. The project, which has received consistent encouragement and generous financial support from Emory President James Wagner and Provost Earl Lewis, is a five-year program to enable members of the Emory community to deliberate on the long history of race at the university, how that history affects its identity, and how to enable members of the Emory community to respond creatively and confidently to racial diversity and its impact on campus.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia