Millsaps Freshmen Dialogue Circles
Karen Quay from Jackson 2000, Susan Womack from Millsaps College and Noel Didla from Jackson State University share the success they had introducing Dialogue Circle discussions this Fall for incoming Freshman at Millsaps College.
‘In October, Millsaps held a five-week series of Dialogue Circles with 50% of the Millsaps freshman class (over 100 students). With assistance from Jackson 2000, the existing dialogue circle curriculum was condensed to fit their timeframe as well as tweaked to best engage college-age students.
The nine groups of students had racial diversity in each group and a good mix of gender, socioeconomic, religious, and public / private school diversity. Facilitators included Millsaps faculty and staff plus Noel Didla.
Time: 11:45 AM to 1 PM
Photo Wall: Friendship Ball Gala 2015
Thanks to everyone who attended this wonderful event!
A Successful Day of Dialogue On Race
On November 12, 2014 Jackson 2000 held its first ever Day of Dialogue on Race at the Jackson State University E-Center. Participants arrived at 8:30am and spent a full day getting to know each other and discussing racial issues. Among the participants were nearly 30 students from nearby Wingfield High School. In total, including our facilitators, we had nearly 90 people participate in the Day of Dialogue event.
2014 Friendship Golf Outing Photos:
Thanks to event sponsors, team sponsors and golfers who participated. It was a great day and a wonderful opportunity to get together!
Jackson 2000 Dialogue Circles
Jackson 2000's signature service to the community are the Dialogue Circles that we offer in a number of different contexts. Dialogue Circles are structured, facilitated discussions among diverse groups of individuals in a comfortable, safe setting.
The goal is to open up about issues -- both sensitive issues and personal experiences -- to better understand one another. The result is frequently new friendships and relationships that can continue beyond the Circle into the community as a whole.
Youth Dialogue Circles
Alumni of the Youth Dialogue Circles sessions held between Jim Hill High School and North West Rankin joined together in Jim Hill’s homecoming day parade on Friday, October 5, 2012 to march together for understanding and racial diversity, despite being rivals in the game held later that night.The students from the two schools had participated in a dialogue circle earlier in the year that created lasting memories and friendships, encouraging the students and school educators to continue with the program. They are scheduled to have more group sessions in 2013, preceded by a joint community service project with Habitat for Humanity in November. The success of this pilot youth program has encouraged Jackson 2000, with the help of motivated teachers and school administrations, to expand into other local high schools.
Interested teachers or administrators can contact Dominic DeLeo, Dialogue Circle committee coordinator by email at email@example.com to discuss setting up a program at their school.
Welcome to Jackson 2000!
Jackson 2000 is a non-profit corporation based in Jackson, Mississippi that is dedicated to fostering understanding and building harmony between people of different races, ethnicities and backgrounds. Currently in our 26th year, Jackson 2000 presents monthly issue luncheons, free social events and ongoing Dialogue Circles that promote discussion, understanding, friendships and better working relationships throughout the community.
Jackson 2000 thanks the Nissan Foundation for its generous support in 2013-2015. The foundation's support has allowed us to expand our adult Dialogue Circle program and enabled us to create both high school and college dialogue circle programs.
We celebrate the memory and mourn the loss of Owen Brooks, our 2012 Friendship Ball Honoree, for his lifetime of contributions to furthering equality and racial harmony.
He will be missed.
- The Board of Jackson 2000