Civility and Collaboration in 2017
Posted On: Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Renee Lucas, Intern DIO
Civility, Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity
This past year, collaboration was a major theme for the Civility Committee. With co-chairs Tom Hopkins and Yasmin Carter, the committee collaborated on the 2016 Campus Read Event of the book, Clean, by David Sheff. The group also worked alongside the Commonwealth Medicine Cultural Diversity Committee (CWM CDC), on the Campus Read Diversity Dialogue: The Impact of Opioid Addiction and Stigma on Massachusetts Families. The event was done at two locations, South Street and Charlestown. The South Street campus was also the location of some Mindfulness sessions that the committee hosted. Civility participated in the development of the Synergy Project, “Bullying: Beyond Finger Pointing to a Culture of Respect.” The project was a campus-wide diversity competence education initiative that was divided into two parts, a campus self-assessment and then campus community conversation. At the International festival, the committee had a station set up for participants to write messages of civility, cultural identity, and inclusion on white boards. The group completed their year collaborating with the Disability Committee and the CWM CDC on a discussion on the book, Laughing at my Nightmare by Shane Burcaw. For the upcoming year, the committee hopes to collaborate even more so with the LGBT Committee and the CWM CDC and continue their work on the Synergy Project.