Restoring Respect

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Restoring Respect is community initiative promoting greater civility in San Diego civic dialogue. The initiative is supported by a consortium of San Diego area academic institutions and community groups including the Catfish Club of San Diego, the San Diego Community College District and the University of San Diego.

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Restoring Respect - 5th Annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue - "Educating Civility"

The 2016 election season has already proven to be one of the most divisive and vitriolic in recent American history. From candidates’ personal attacks to paralysis and dysfunction in national government, the price tag of incivility, and resulting failure to reach political consensus, has never been greater. Join other concerned members of our community in an ongoing discussion about how to restore respect to the local and national civic dialogue. Explore ways to better educate the next generation of citizens and community leaders on how to better build our American community.

Opening Remarks:

  • Reverend George Walker Smith, Founder, Catfish Club of San Diego
  • Dr. Maria Nieto Senour, President Board of Trustees, San Diego Community College District
  • Tom Karlo, General Manager, KPBS Radio and Television

Keynote Speaker:

  • Alexander Heffner, host, PBS’ The Open Mind


  • Gene Cubbison, Political Reporter, NBC Universal KNSD
  • Dr. James Harris, President, University of San Diego
  • Dr. Tyrone Howard, Professor of Education, UCLA
  • Olivia Light, Associated Students President, Miramar College
  • Dr. Pamela Luster, President, San Diego Mesa College


  • Carl Luna, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, San Diego Mesa College


Joan Kroc Institute For Peace and Justice
The University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA


Monday, April 18, 2015
Registration: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Conference: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Garden of the Sky Plaza
Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Past Events

Restoring Respect - 4th Annual Conference Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue

“We need to create a more civil dialogue that moves the country forward.”

"Words are powerful. They can be used to divide us, to unite us, to celebrate somebody, to demean somebody and we need to pay attention to that. Language is like clothing. If you are a little more elevated in your speech when you are talking about these kinds of [political] issues I think that has an effect not only on you but on the person that is listening to you."

Martha Barnette, Restoring Respect's 2nd Annual Conference February 20, 2013


"Civility is Patriotic"

Dr. Larry Hinmann, USD Professor of Philosophy and Restore Respect's 1st Annual Conference April 9, 2012

Restoring Respect is an initiative of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement. Learn more about ICCE and how you can get involved.


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