Peace and Civility

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The UNL Peace + Civility Project aims to promote civility across the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Specifically, promoting the core values of civil interactions by encouraging dialogue across the university.

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APOLOGIZE

Be sincere and repair damaged relationships.

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BE CONSTRUCTIVE

When disagreeing, stick to the issues and don't make a personal attack.

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BE INCLUSIVE

Welcome all groups of citizens working for the greater good of the community.

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The campaign was not intended to end disagreements but to improve public discourse by simply reminding community members of the very basic principles of respect.

BE OPEN

Look for opportunities to agree; don't contradict just to do so.

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DON'T GOSSIP

And don't accept when others choose to do so.

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LISTEN

Focus on others in order to better understand their points of view.

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Originally developed by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, The Civility Project was designed to urge members of a community to communicate in a more respectful and effective way. The campaign was not intended to end disagreements but to improve public discourse by simply reminding community members of the very basic principles of respect.

PAY ATTENTION

Be aware and attend to the world and the people around you.

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SHOW RESPECT

Honor other people and their opinions, especially in the midst of disagreement.

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TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

Don't shift responsibility and blame onto others; share disagreements publicly.

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Conversing with Civility Workshop
Challenging times result in challenging interactions. Today, more than ever, it is imperative to have the knowledge and skill to share our perspectives and to listen, and truly understand what others are saying. Conversing with Civility is a workshop to assist you in having courageous conversations in a civil manner. This workshop will:

  1. Provide you with opportunities to learn more about yourself and your values;
  2. Give you skills to understand others and their values;
  3. Determine various situations and their specific needs for civil conversations;
  4. Provide examples and techniques for sharing your perspectives;
  5. Provide examples and techniques for deescalating interactions with dignity, grace and courtesy.
This workshop generally takes 60-90 minutes and can be customized to your group’s needs. To schedule a workshop, please contact Dr. Baack at kbaack1@unl.edu or 402-462-8152.