If you had just ten rules to live by to be certain that you treated everyone on campus with respect, what would they be? The university’s Task Force on Civility and Community spent time over this past year researching and discussing that question. They took a look at campuses across the nation and how they have been successful in bringing civility to the forefront among their community members.
This year’s International Festival at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will feature booths selling tantalizing food and entertainment ranging from juggling to Chinese acrobatics to Egyptian belly dancing. And, this year, the International Festival also will include a Celebration of Civility and Community, hosted by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. The festival will take place Friday, April 15.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek invites the campus to join him in a Celebration of Civility and Community at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 15, at the University Center Plaza. The celebration will be part of the 26th annual International Festival. The celebration will mark the beginning of a campus-wide effort to ensure that civility is an integral part of our community.
In this Tennessean article, UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek talks about measures that the university is taking to increase tolerance and civility on campus in response to incidents of bias that have happened in the past year.
OUTreach is presenting “They Did What?!: How To Report Bias Incidents On Campus.” The event will educate students, faculty and staff about what to do, when and how to report incidents of hate crime, harassment or bias on campus without risking personal safety or the safety of others.
An event about civility in government which was to feature Sen. Howard Baker, Gov. Phil Bredesen and others on Thursday in Kingsport has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.
Sen. Howard Baker, Gov. Phil Bredesen, former Gov. Winfield Dunn and Eastman Chemical Co. CEO James Rogers will be the panelists at an Aug. 12 event about civility in government. The event, to be held in Kingsport, is hosted in part by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at UT Knoxville.
“We have had an increase in the number of reported incidents of actions and language that reflect bias on our campus,” UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said. “These actions include derogatory and racist language found in our dormitories. I am saddened and outraged by this behavior because it does not reflect our campus values or the mission of this great university. We will not tolerate disrespect, racism or bias on our campus.”
The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, in partnership with the Student Government Association-Government Affairs Committee, will host a discussion about “Blogs, Social Media and Political Incivility” on March 23. The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center.
Patrick Butler, former senior vice president of the Washington Post, will speak at a luncheon and a workshop, both sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Foundry. Cost is $15 per person and space is limited. RSVP to Carrera Harris at (865) 974-0931 or firstname.lastname@example.org by April 17.