Many topics nowadays are quite divisive, and some choose to avoid discussion altogether in order to step around disagreement. In order to change the tendency to shut down viewpoints other than our own, college campuses across the country are now promoting civil discourse through new course offerings, student-led meetings, and other activities that extend outside of the classroom. Professor Ralina Joseph, an associate professor of communication at University of Washington, leads the UW Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity, whose mission is to promote dialogues and conversations, even when there isn't always agreement.

Professor Joseph's new book, Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity, comes out September 14. It's currently available for preorder.

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