Campus Spotlight: Civility at the University of Northern Iowa
Gerri Perreault, ADP Campus Coordinator, Director of Leadership Studies and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Northern Iowa, shares a civility brochure developed by the UNI ADP group based on their Civil Discourse and Opposing Views series.
Most recently, the series brought former Congressman Jim Leach to campus to lecture on civility and politics in November 2014. He spoke about how and why civility has broken down so broadly in national politics today.
Perreault has also published an article on UNI’s civility series:
Perreault, G. (2012). Leadership and civic discourse across ‘enemy’ lines: Promoting the will for dialogue. Journal of Leadership Education, 11(2), 237-246.
Leaders often display the all-too-human characteristic of talking only or mostly to people with whom they agree. Yet, to be effective as a leader in many circumstances requires reaching out and engaging in dialogue with those who one may fundamentally disagree and may even view as an enemy. To do so requires a particular conception of leadership, one that values dialogue. Effective dialogue, however, requires both skill and will. This article describes the concepts and strategies of a university program developed to encourage the will to engage in dialogue.