Affectively Engaging Police and Communities When Responding to Allegations of Racial Profiling and Racial Tension

In this session we will discuss how the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) use study circle dialogues to help divided police and community move beyond “debates” and reach an agreement to work collaboratively to address allegations of racial profiling and racial tension that impact police-community relations, real or perceived. CRS study circle dialogue design contains four phases, which participants will experience, that have proven useful in moving community participants through a natural process from sharing individual experiences to gaining a deeper understanding of those experiences to committing to collective action.

  • The first phase sets the tone and explores the question “Who Are We?” through the sharing of personal stories.
  • The second phase helps participants understand “Where Are We?” through a deeper exploration of personal and shared racial history in the community.
  • During the third phase, participants develop a vision for the community in response to the question “Where Do We Want To Be?”
  • In the fourth phase, participants answer the question “What Will We Do As Individuals and With Others To Make A Difference?”

Through shared interests, participants start working together to build and strengthen trust and confidence between police and community as an issue of local and national interest.

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Location: Brandywine Date: October 24, 2016 Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am Mildred I. Duprey de Robles Kim L. Milstead