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ETSU challenges students to ‘Dare to Care’ during Civility Week
Students share the flags and customary attire of their native countries in the 2015 Multicultural Showcase.

JOHNSON CITY – “Dare to Care” is the theme of this year’s Civility Week at East Tennessee State University, which will be held March 28-April 3.

This fifth annual observance provides 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.

The week features a variety of events for the campus and community.  Among them are:

  • A re-dedication of the fountain and historical marker commemorating those who desegregated East Tennessee State College to be held Monday, March 28, at 1:30 p.m. at Borchuck Plaza in front of the Sherrod Library.  This fountain, initially dedicated in 2013, honors and memorializes Elizabeth Watkins Crawford, George L. Nichols, Mary Luellen Owens Wagner, and the late Eugene Caruthers and Clarence McKinney.
  • “Dare to Take Charge,” a lecture by television personality Judge Glenda Hatchett based on her book by the same title, on Monday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium. 
  • “DanceVersity: Fusion of Music, Cultures, Dance” will be held Wednesday, March 30, at 8 p.m. in the Culp Center ballroom.
  • A talk on “Civility in Politics” by former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Culp Auditorium.
  • The “Corazon Latino” Community Festival is scheduled for Friday, April 1, in downtown Johnson City beginning at 5 p.m. in conjunction with the monthly First Friday celebration.  This family-friendly event includes a “Running of the Bulls,” music, dancing and more.
  • “Folksong in Social Reform,” a performance by singing lecturer Dr. Corey Dolgon, will also be held April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Ball Hall auditorium following a 6 p.m. reception in Slocumb Galleries.
  • A “Run for Shelter” 5K will take place Saturday, April 2, at 8:30 a.m. to raise funds for Safe Passage and the Oxford Houses of Johnson City and for the ETSU chapter of Chi Sigma Iota honor society. 
  • ETSU student organizations will participate in Street Painting on Sunday, April 3, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Pridewalk on the Pedestrian Mall in the center of campus.  Each group will paint a different design based on the “Dare to Care” Civility Week theme.
  • The “Fusion Multicultural Showcase” will be held April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Culp Auditorium, following a 6 p.m. lecture by Michelle Guobadia on hazing in the Culp Center ballroom.

Civility Week is organized by ETSU’s Student Government Association (SGA).  A complete schedule is available at  For more information, contact the SGA at 423-439-8337.  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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