Campaign for Kindness

Campaign for Kindness - ETSU campus read logo


The Campus Read is an opportunity to bring the campus community together to read and discuss one text and its themes. This year’s Campus Read was chosen after soliciting book recommendations from ETSU faculty, students and staff. From the recommendations, the Office of the Provost compiled a list of 10 inspiring books to be considered and sent out a poll to inform the final selection of the Campus Read. This year, ETSU chose The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World by Jamil Zaki.

Festival of Ideas: Campus Read Moderated Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 28
11:30 A.M.
East Tennessee Room
D.P. Culp Student Center
Free and open to the public; no ticket required.
Join us for a moderated book discussion addressing the themes in ETSU’s 2023-24 Campus Read: The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World by Jamil Zaki.


According to Zaki, we engage with more people today than ever before, yet we genuinely know fewer of them. Kindness has the potential to foster a sense of community and belonging in our society. Join us for a facilitated discussion on envisioning an ETSU where kindness prominently influences all aspects of campus life. No prior reading of the book is required to participate in the discussion. The first 50 attendees will receive a free book.

War for Kindness - building empayth in a fractured world. Author Jamil Zaki

Where do I get the book?

Sherrod Library – 60 copies are available at the Reserve Desk in Sherrod Library. You may check out a copy of the book for 2 hours at a time.

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Learn more about

The War for Kindness

Jamil Zaki

Jamil Zaki on the Web



Kindness Challenge Ideas

  • Post kind sticky notes on bathroom mirrors.
  • Raise resources for a person or cause.
  • Surprise someone with a treat.
  • Give a compliment to a stranger.
  • Write or email someone who made a difference in your life.
  • Smile and say hello to the first three people you see.
  • Leave an inspirational quote on your desk or the desk of a colleague, faculty, staff, friend.
  • Ideas from Global Compassion Coalition

Share how you have enacted or received kindness.