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East Tennessee State University


2018 civility imageThe theme for the 2018 Civility Emphasis will be “Step Into Civility".  This theme was created to empower each member of the ETSU community to cultivate an inclusive environment that honors the diversity afforded our institution and surroundings through differences in race, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, perspectives, abilities/disabilities, and more. Together we hope to provide information and raise awareness around a diverse set of identities and ideas while encouraging civil discourse and active engagement as we strive to enable social justice and unity in the spaces that we occupy. Each thoughtful step we take can increase our tolerance for and comfort with viewpoints or ways of life that may be different from our own, and in doing so, remind us that differences are to be valued and celebrated.

Full Calendar of Events Coming Soon

 For more information email Nick Fascenello


Past Civility Celebration Events for 2017

Date & Location
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"Be The Hero"

Video Challenge

(see sponsor & info)

Entry Deadline
March 31


Students are invited to create videos promoting bystander intervention that will model "being a hero"; Winning videos will be awarded at Summit Awards (April 11).
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Now That's Good News

(see sponsor & info)

Ongoing on Campus

Present a coin to someone on campus "caught" in act of kindness. Pass on the coin to be paid forward.
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Privilege Walk

(see sponsors & info)

March 2
Noon - 1 pm

Multicultural Center

Learn to recognize how power and privilege can affect our lives even when we are not aware it is happening.

Focus: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

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Tragic Disclosures

by Dennis Greenwell

(see sponsors & info)

March 2
Reception 5-7:30 pm

Slocumb Galleries 

LGBTQ + Allies Panel
5:15 pm

Ball Hall Auditorium

Features multimedia works inspired by text and letters by LGBTQ youth who have either taken their lives or have suffered from discrimination due to their gender orientation.

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Alternative Break

(see sponsors & info)

March 5 - 11

This program sends hundreds of students each year on service-learning trips across the nation. Participants engage in active service to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.

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Samsara Showing + "Treat Yourself" Relaxation

March 13
10 am - 2 pm

Multicultural Center Lounge

Let the film of a journey through the planet and its various cultures guide your own mindfulness practice.  
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Talent Show

(see sponsor & info)

March 14
7:30 pm

D.P. Culp Auditorium

Showcase talent through dance, music, poetry, comedy, and other forms of expression. Guest host will be Miss Mulatto from The Rap.

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Faith & Sustainability

(see sponsors & info)

March 15
5 pm

D. P. Culp Mtg. Room 2

A panel discussion and Q&A about the intersection of faith and environmental protection.
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Thanks For Being A Hero

March 16
10 am - 2 pm

D. P. Culp Cave Patio

A chance for students to thank academic heroes and others who inspire them.
Priviledge Walk

Privilege Walk

(see sponsors & info)

March 16
Noon - 1 pm

Multicultural Center

Learn to recognize how power and privilege can affect our lives even when we are not aware it is happening.

Focus: Women

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 Dr. Bernice King

(see sponsors & ticket info)

March 20
7:30 pm

Brooks Gymnasium

 Keynote Address by Dr. King, the daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
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 Dive Into Dialogue

(see sponsor & info)

March 21
10 am - 2 pm

D. P. Culp Cave Patio

A social, interactive event tailored to spark new friendships through questions of identity.
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Stories Without Borders
(see sponsors & info) 

March 22
6:00 pm

D.P. Culp Meeting Room 6 

Panel exploring the personal journey's of immigrants and refugees in our community.
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32nd Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition and Reception

(see sponsors & info)

March 23
5 - 7 pm

Slocumb Galleries

Reception and Lecture with Getty Research Institute Art Juror, Dr. Anja Foerschner.
Johnson City Community Roudtable

Community Round Table

(see sponsors & info)

March 23
6-8 pm

DP Culp Ballroom Right

The Roundtable members, including local police, FBI, NAACP, and ETSU representatives welcome students to attend this meeting as part of a broad dialogue.

“The slogan of the roundtable is ‘Together We Are Stronger.’ So the police are not outside of the community looking in, the police are part of the community.”
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 Privilege Walk

(see sponsors & info)

March 23
Noon - 1 pm

Multicultural Center

Learn to recognize how power and privilege can affect our lives even when we are not aware it is happening.

Focus: Social Justice/Politics 

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International Sports Day
(see sponsors & info)

March 24
11 am - 4 pm


View or participate in unique sports from all around the world.

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March 27
Noon - 4 pm

D.P. Culp Ballroom

Stop by and learn more about the political process and how to lobby for a cause.
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Interfaith Celebration 

(see sponsors and info)

March 28
6 pm

D.P. Culp Ballroom

Performances, reception, and dialogue to help us better connect and understand the many diverse faiths and religions in the region.
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Check Your Privilege
(see sponsors & info)

March 29
7 - 8:30 pm

D.P. Culp Ballroom

Through engaging and interactive games, participants can learn more about topics of privilege and microaggressions.
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Dr. Terrell Strayhorn 

(sponsors & info)

March 30
7:30 pm

D.P. Culp Auditorium

Keynote Address by best-selling author, award-winning professor, and provocateur, Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn. 
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Student Success Symposium

with Dr. Terrell Strayhorn

(see sponsor & info)

March 31
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

D.P. Culp Center

Recruiting and Retaining
African-American Students. Tracks for professionals and students will be offered. 

Registration is required for this event.

Click here to register

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Medicine, Diversity, and Physiological Aspects of Racism

March 31
Noon - 1 pm

Stanton Gerber Hall Auditorium 

 Talk by Dr. Cedric Bright, national voice on health disparities, patient equity, health care innovations and quality at venues including the White House, Congress, national and local television.
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Relay for Life 

(see sponsor & info)

March 31
3 - 11 pm


 Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Students raise money to fight cancer by walking.
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Gospel Choir

(see sponsor & info)

March 31
7:30 pm

D.P. Culp Auditorium

The ETSU Gospel Choir and guest choirs share their talents to uplift the spirit. 
Other Upcoming Civility Events
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Corazon Latino

(see sponsor & info)

April 7
5-11 pm

Downtown Johnson City

Come with your friends and family to celebrate the rich and vibrant Latino culture by participating in a day packed with fun family activities, delicious food, free dancing lessons, live entertainment, and much more.
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Pridewalk Street Painting

(see sponsors & info)

 April 9

10 am - 4 pm

Pedestrian Walk on Campus

 Organizations participate in the Pridewalk Street Painting event to show their support of civility, visibly represent their organization on campus and show their ETSU pride. 
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