As you have read in the University catalog, one of UW-Eau Claire’s academic goals is to foster the intellectual, personal, cultural, and social development of each student. Each baccalaureate degree involves a set of courses based in the liberal arts to help one attain the basic competencies, breadth of knowledge, and critical judgment which characterize a mature and responsible individual in the modern world.
According to Dr. P. M. Forni, cofounder of the Civility Project at Johns Hopkins University, “Just about the most important thing we do in life is interacting with other human beings. Shouldn’t improving the quality of this interaction be at the top of our agendas? Being civil in our everyday lives is a time-tested way to bring about such improvement.” Thus we are interested in your ideas about civility in interactions among members of various learning communities.
Since the University is a learning community, at UW-Eau Claire we are interested in helping every member of the campus community raise his or her awareness of this important issue and reconsider attitudes and behaviors related to civility. Hallway conversations, roommate talks, group deliberations, classroom discussions, performance events, email exchanges, and athletic activities are examples of learning opportunities if all participants engage in civil behavior.
As the current Campus Civility Team of faculty, staff, and students begins to develop avenues to raise civility awareness and to facilitate positive social change among members of the campus community, we would welcome your ideas and suggestions.
We appreciate your time in responding to these questions.
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