"Where is the Love?": Cultivating Civility in the Campus Environment


Ph.D. students in International Conflict Management Attend Workshop on Civility

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan 31, 2020) — Ph.D. students in International Conflict Management attended a training on Social Identity and Civil Discourse taught by MSCM Alumna and Senior EEO/Title IX Investigator, Chris Griffin, and Nicole Phillips, Associate Director of Student Advocacy. The class was designed to train Ph.D. students and candidates on what to expect as employees in academia.

The training introduced the concept of recognizing a person’s own cultural identity, how it informs their perspectives on life, and how to begin engaging in respectful conversation on challenging topics, ranging from politics to diversity and inclusion.

Title IX topics were also introduced, which prohibits discrimination on sex, including sexual misconduct, consent, and harassment, in any education program that is federally funded.

Students discussed civility, or small actions that lead to respect for others, and the need to establish norms, or set of guidelines on how to react when a topic is or could be offensive, in an education setting. These skillfully applied behaviors lead to positive working relationships and environments. 

Chris Griffin, J.D., MSCM discusses Title IX with Ph.D. students in International Conflict Management

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