Championing Civility Week | April 10-14, 2017
K-Staters hold many values in high esteem through our Principles of Community, and civility is most certainly one of them. But what exactly is civility? There is not necessarily a universal definition of the term, but we at K-State view civility as "the free and respectful exchange of different ideas" (Coe, Kenski, & Rains, 2014, p. 658.).
According to the seventh annual Civility in America poll conducted by Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate with KRC Research, 69 percent of Americans believe the U.S. has a major civility problem. This begs the question: What can we do as citizens to improve civility on our campuses, in our communities, and in our country? It begins with dialogue.
The K-State community declared April 10-14, 2017 Championing Civility Week, coinciding with World Civility Day on April 13, 2017. K-Staters enjoyed a week of programming and events that opened up new dialogue on civility from a variety of perspectives.
Inclusive, deliberative, open dialogue. That's the Wildcat Way.