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 - 4th Annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue

Announcing the winners of the CAwards: Celebrating Civility Awards: Creating Civility On Our Campuses and In Our Community scholarship competition open to all San Diego Unified High School Seniors.


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


Friday, March 20, 2014
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

Registration and Cost:

Free attendance and parking. Register online today!

Opening Remarks:

  • Reverend George Walker Smith, Founder, Catfish Club of San Diego
  • Constance Carroll, Ph.D., Chancellor, San Diego Community College District
  • Mary Lyons, Ph.D., President, University of San Diego
  • Cindy Marten, Superintendent San Diego Unified School District

Keynote Speaker:

  • Steve Dinkin, President, National Conflict Resolution Center


  • Greg Cox, Member, San Diego County Board of Supervisors
  • Karla Petersen, UT San Diego Reporter
  • Mary Walshok Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Steve Dinkin, President, National Conflict Resolution Center


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

Principal Program Sponsor: San Diego Gas & Electric

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Past Events

Restoring Respect - 3rd 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 Engagament. Learn more about ICCE and how you can get involved.