Communicating Common Ground

September 2006

Communicating Common Ground returns to Prince Edward County Middle School
Sponsored by the National Communications Association, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Association of Higher Education, and Campus Compact, Communicating Common Ground (CCG) is a service-learning project that addresses issues related to fostering civility among people regardless of human differences. In the 2001 spring semester students, faculty and staff from Prince Edward County Middle School and Hampden-Sydney College gathered at the middle school library as part of this innovative program. Through audio-visual presentations, large and small group meetings, and creative activities, Hampden-Sydney and Prince Edward Middle School students explored issues of diversity and understanding.

Professor Claire Deal was project director and curriculum designer then, and now Lara Mossler, a former CCG student, has taken the reigns on this project. More information about CCG can be retrieved here: http://www.natcom.org/nca/Template2.asp?bid=268.

February 2003

Innovative Community Program Recognized
Now in its third year, Communicating Common Ground is an innovative national program that "fosters appreciation of diversity and the creation of communities in which hate, hate speech, and hate crime are not tolerated" by improving understanding and communications. Hampden-Sydney College was one of the colleges selected to participate in the initial year of the program, which is sponsored by several organizations including the National Communication Association and the American Association for Higher Education.

Hampden-Sydney's program was featured in the Spring 2003 issue of Teaching Tolerance Magazine published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Hampden-Sydney students, selected and trained by program director and Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Claire Deal, work with students at Prince Edward County Middle School.

2001

Students from Prince Edward County Middle School and Hampden-Sydney College gather in the middle school library as part of the innovative program Communicating Common Ground. The program began on February 6 and continues until mid-April. Through audio-visual presentations, large and small group meetings, and creative activities, 30 Hampden-Sydney and about 60 middle school students are exploring the issues of diversity and understanding.

Claire Deal (on the lower right), Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and English at Hampden-Sydney, is project director and curriculum designer. The program is sponsored by the National Communications Association, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Association of Higher Education, and Campus Compact.
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