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The city of Dayton, OH is a small-scale example of a problem facing our nation: the lack of understanding between different groups of people living in the same area, leading to a sense of separation and often exclusion. Frequently ostracized groups include immigrants or minorities and people living in impoverished conditions or in low-income areas. I will use class literature, historical documents, excerpts from the Facing Project Narratives in Dayton, and direct communication with community members to show the negative effects of these harsh divides between groups in Dayton. The goal of my poster is to increase awareness about this issue and to show that strides are being taken in our city to break down these barriers, foster unity, and enact social change. Programs such as The Longest Table, Welcome Dayton, and Peace Dayton will be discussed.

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Course Project

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Danielle C Rhubart

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


Stander Symposium poster


Presenter: Haley Marie Sandifer

Open Minds to Open Doors: How Dayton is Becoming More Inclusive