Update: Study Circles are scheduled for the Fall of 2004.
Study Circles on Race and Race Relations are being offered
at no charge through LBCC for the 2004 Fall Term (starting the week of
September 27th). One Study Circle
will meet Mondays from 4-5:30 pm and the other will meet Wednesday from
5:30-7:00 pm. Please sign up through LBCC or contact us directly.
We are continuing our Study Circles in Albany in the Fall of 2004. These
Study Circles will also consider the topic of Race and Race Relations. Please let us know if you would like to participate.
IAbout Study Circles
In Study Circles - small group, democratic, participatory discussion -
people have the change to get to know one another, consider different points of
view, explore disagreements, and discover common ground.. A Study Circle is a
process for small-group deliberation on a critical community issue, led by a
trained facilitator. Eight to twelve people meet regularly over a period of six
weeks for collaborative, democratic discussion. Discussion guides supplied by
the National Study Circles Resource Center provide provocative viewpoints and
scenarios for the group’s consideration. Topics include Racism/Race Relations;
Youth Issues; Community Diversity; Growth and Development; Confronting Community
Violence; Public and Police Relations; and Neighborhood Revitalization. Several
groups meet concurrently throughout the community, discussing the same topic. At
the completion of these meetings, all of the groups convene to share action
ideas and to make commitments to action to address the issues. To date, over 250 people have participated in our Study Circles Program, including the Mayor of the City of Corvallis, City Councilors, and County Administrators. Action Groups which were formed from these Study Circles are working on such activities as addressing policies and practices that perpetuate institutional racism; working with local media sources to increase awareness of diversity issues; and developing diversity programs and projects for local youth and educators. There is no charge to participate in a Study Circle.
To read more about how Study Circles have been used in over 200 communities in the United States to address critical community issues, find common ground, establish shared goals, and form action groups to bring positive change, read the articles below and visit the Study Circles Resource Center.
Articles and "Success Stories"