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Civility Campaign

President Richard Davenport announces the launching of University "Civility Campaign."

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-19-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Who Are You? That’s the question to be posed in a university-wide civility campaign at Minnesota State University, Mankato that was launched today as part of an ongoing effort to increase civility on campus.

Plans for the civility campaign began after Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport challenged the campus in his August 2011 convocation remarks to develop a plan to eliminate bullying and increase civility and respect on campus. This important strategic focus grew out of an earlier university objective to create a “Great Place to Work” initiative that was launched a few years ago.

“I am pleased to announce the official launch of the Minnesota State Mankato Civility Campaign, an ongoing effort to increase civility throughout the University,” said Davenport. “When civility is present, a community such as ours becomes a healthy and rewarding place to live and work. Without civility, the community fails to thrive, and we lose the sense of pride that is important to our vibrancy.”

The campaign will use simple but thought-provoking questions designed to challenge individuals to reflect on options for showing civility through action in a variety of potential situations. New scenarios and questions will be displayed twice each month on posters across campus between now and May 31. The scenarios will also be displayed on screens across campus and online at Table tents highlighting the campaign will be set up in Memorial Library along with various administrative and academic offices across campus.

Faculty and staff will also have the opportunity to participate in an online training session about how they can promote civility and help the University maintain a bully-free workplace. More information about that will be coming soon.

“At Minnesota State Mankato, we believe that civility comes down to treating everyone with respect,” said Davenport. “Each of us is responsible for showing civility in our own actions.”

After Davenport announced his civility campaign challenge, information was gathered and listening sessions for faculty, staff and students were held across campus throughout the 2011-12 academic year. Further table discussions on civility were held at the President’s Fall Retreat in August 2012.

Participants in the various discussions were invited to share their thoughts on three questions:
1. What does it mean to treat others in a civil manner?
2. How have you seen civility modeled at the University?
3. What are some strategies and resources we could use to build a more civil culture at Minnesota State Mankato?

Leading Minnesota State Mankato’s civility campaign efforts since it began in the fall of 2011 have been Director of Affirmative Action Linda Hanson; Director of Human Resources Becky Barkmeier; former Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Scott Olson; Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management David Jones; and the Integrated Marketing Office, led by Assistant Vice President for Integrated Marketing Jeff Iseminger. Numerous individuals from across campus volunteered to serve as facilitators of the listening sessions held during the spring.

For more information about the Civility Campaign, visit

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota.

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