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Glossary


Affiliated
To bring into close association or connection

Affiliation
The state of being associated

Affirmative Action
A policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment

Alienation
The state of being withdrawn or isolated as through indifference or disaffection

Apathy
Lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting
Also see: Indifference

Blatant
Brazenly obvious; flagrant

Boycott
To combine in abstaining from, or preventing dealings with, as a means of intimidation or coercion; to abstain from buying or using

Convocation
A formal assembly at a college or university

Decadent
Moral degeneration or decay; unrestrained or excessive self indulgence

Demographics
The statistical data of a population, especially those showing age, income, education, etc.

Desegregation
The elimination of laws, customs, or practices under which different races, groups, etc., are restricted to specific or separate public facilities, neighborhoods, schools, organizations, or the like

Discrimination
Treatment or consideration of , or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit

Disillusionment
The act of being freed from illusion or conviction
Also see: Disenchantment

Dismantle
To disassemble or pull down; take apart

Disparity
Lack of similarity or equality
Also see: Difference

Diversity
A point of difference

Gadfly
A person who persistently annoys or provokes others with criticism, schemes, ideas, demands, requests, etc.

Iconoclast
A person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition

Integration
The act of blending into an integral whole through equal opportunity and consideration

Levy
To impose or collect by authority or force

Maneuvers
A series of tactical exercises usually carried out in the field by large bodies of troops in simulating the conditions of war

Meager
Deficient in quantity or quality; lacking fullness or richness
Also see: Scant; Inadequate

Perpetuate
To prolong the existence of; cause to be remembered

Prejudice
An unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason; any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable

Purge
To free from impurities; purify

Racism
A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others;hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

Rebellion
Resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition; the act of rebelling
Also see: Insubordination; Disobedience

Reconciliation
The process of making compatible

Transitional
Passage from one stage to another

Vanguard
The leaders of any intellectual or political movement; the forefront in any movement.