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Knowledge Communities (KCs) originate from Community Dialogues and provide an opportunity for community members to continue the dialogue and to seek to create positive change related to an issue. KCs are created by students and for students with support from faculty and staff members who are passionate about these issues.

 

Our Knowledge Communities

KC: Immigration in America

Description: For centuries, a steady influx of people from other countries has helped make the United States a nation comprised of immigrants. Today, many people are asking questions about the country's immigration policies... important questions that we need to consider together. This KC will continue the dialogue about immigration in America, provide additional resources to think critically about the issue, and increase appropriate awareness, advocacy and action campaigns surrounding the issue.

KC: Safety and Justice

Description: After falling steadily for decades, the rate of violent crime in the United States rose again in 2015 and 2016. Interactions between citizens and police too often end in violence. People are increasingly worried about safety in their communities. This KC will continue the dialogue about safety and justice, provide additional resources to think critically about the issue, and increase appropriate awareness, advocacy and action campaigns surrounding the issue.

KC: How to Fix a Political System

Description: The view that something is amiss in American government is now widely shared. "We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years," say scholars Tomas E. Mann and Norman Ornstein, "and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. This KC will continue the dialogue about how to fix a political system, provide additional resources to think critically about the issue, and increase appropriate awareness, advocacy and action campaigns surrounding the issue.

KC: Mass Shootings and Gun Violence

Description: The tragic attacks of late, including those in Orlando, Florida, San Bernardino, California, and other places have raised concerns among may people across the nation. Other violent episodes, such as a teenager who was gunned down after returning home from the president's inauguration, have also drawn attention. While mass shootings are infrequent, they are increasing. Each event has devastating effects on the entire community. This KC will continue the dialogue about mass shootings and gun violence, provide additional resources to think critically about the issue, and increase appropriate awareness, advocacy and action campaigns surrounding the issue.

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