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October 27, 2012

Minnesota State University launches civility campaign



“I think, for things like this campaign to change behavior, everyone has to be on board,” she said. “At least where I work, I think it is helping. There are still lots of ways that we all can improve, but at least I can say we are all working to make campus a little more civil.”

The campaign is using thought-provoking questions written on posters across campus that are designed to inspire people to reflect on their behavior and ways to be more civil. New scenarios will be displayed twice each month on posters, on the web page for the campaign, and on television screens across campus.

The current poster states: “When you want to get a point across ... be calm, clear and coherent. Or raise your voice — makes you sound like The Intimidator. Who are YOU?”

Faculty and staff will be offered training sessions on civility and bullying as well.

The library got a head start on training, Biedermann said. Anna Maravelas, author of “How to Reduce Workplace Conflict and Stress,” came to do a civility workshop for all faculty and staff. Maravelas gave tips on how to reduce conflict.

“We all worked on writing a code of conduct together, and that helps us think of ways to incorporate civility into our day-to-day lives,” Biedermann said. “I think this really helped us all think about how we treat each other and to try to be thoughtful in our interactions with other people.”

Hanson and Jones said students will be involved in the campaign as well. Campaign organizers are working with the Student Association to come up with creative ways to inspire the student body to be civil.

One example, Hanson said, is to have student volunteers wear Civility Campaign T-shirts and stand in doorways to open doors for students coming into buildings.

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