For the past several years, the annual Civility Week at ETSU has been an opportunity for all of the campus community to join together in making a conscious effort to ensure that civility and protection of human dignity is central to the campus culture.
This theme, "Be Different, Be One" , has been created to reflect the original purpose of Civility Week, which was to provide individuals at ETSU exposure to and understanding of cultures, customs, beliefs and general ways of life that may be different from their own. In addition, the title aims to connect “diversity” with “unity” --- with a message emphasizing that diversity should empower justice and peace over conflict, that individual uniqueness should be embraced and celebrated as much as community unity, that diverse perspectives, projects, and actions can get committed, connected, and converged into a common ground of understanding. - Kammy Kuang (SGA Secretary of State)
Civility is about more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step. It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground, listening past one's preconceptions, and teaching others to do the same. Civility is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted and fierce disagreements.