A Community-Wide Study Circle Program

Mission Statement:

The mission of Schenectady County Embraces Diversity is to engage the community in continued conversation around diversity issues and to encourage community action.

Why Community-Wide Study Circles?

The Study Circles program provides a safe and effective process for residents to discuss and resolve community issues. Cities, towns and villages around the country have explored topics such as race relations, education and suburban sprawl.

Study circles - small-group, democratic, participatory discussions held over a limited number of sessions - offer everyday people the chance to get to know one another, consider different points of view, explore disagreements, find common ground and work together to take action on issues they care about. Community-wide study circles can lead to: