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Integrative Community Service Project and Race Relations

Title: Integrative Community Service Project and Race Relations.
Name(s): Cromer, David, author
College of Social Work
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Many people believe the misconception that Americans live in a "post-racial" society, which overlooks the significance of race on Florida State's campus and across the country. As forms of racism have evolved from overt to covert, its pernicious effects propel the desire to research means by which to connect diverse populations. Intergroup dialogue theory addresses strategies to improve relations between races by concentrating on fostering a healthy environment for diverse populations to exercise group cohesion methods. The purpose of this research was to use the intergroup dialogue theory combined with participation in community service and dining together to construct meaningful and cohesive relationships between diverse people groups. The sample was comprised of Florida State University students who identify as Black or White. The recruitment process involved contacting the Black Student Union via email and snowball sampling for the White participants. Eight participants met twice per week, for three consecutive weeks, to eat a meal together and dialogue concerning race relations in general and race relations at FSU in particular. Participation in group community service projects, e.g. packing meals for people experiencing homelessness, was also integral to the experience. Due to the potential for this topic to be sensitive or controversial, the food and group community service project was used to alleviate stress and provide comfort. A focus group was conducted at the conclusion of the third week in attempt to uncover themes. The participants responded extremely positively with a strong desire for this process to be used in future programs at Florida State and abroad. Some criticism outlined the need for more diversity and an increase in the number of participants to gain a better understanding of different perspectives with people from different backgrounds.
Identifier: FSU_migr_undergradresearch-0014 (IID)
Subject(s): Social service
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.

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