Racial Conflict Simulation:
A High School Halloween Party

By

Cate Malek and Heidi Burgess, University of Colorado


Available Online at http://www.civilrightsmediation.org/simulations/racial_conflict/


The Racial Conflict Simulation begins with a racial conflict in an urban high school that quickly escalates to violence. After a short introduction, "players" are asked to assume a role: the school principal, the black activist student, the white student body president, or the mediator. You then are asked to read what happens and tell us what you would do. You can do this "just for fun," or this can be used by teachers as a educational tool. (Teachers: please see the "Using the Racial Conflict Simulation in the Classroom" section below for important information.)

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Using the Racial Conflict Simulation in the Classroom

The Conflict Research Consortium grants other teachers and trainers permission to use this simulation in their classes on a one-time basis if the following conditions are met:

  1. Please write to tell us who you are, how and when you will be using the simulation, and with how many students.
  2. Please do not post this simulation on any other website; rather, link to our site and have your students work with it here.
  3. If you print out the simulation, please be sure to keep the copyright notice at the bottom.
  4. If your students hand in electronic copies of their answers, please forward those to us. We will not post anything that you send us, but will use your students' answers for ideas about additional scenarios and/or response options. We hope to collect about 100 responses, and then revise the story with more plot lines based on ideas that students have actually come up with on their own.
  5. Send us your comments and suggestions!

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