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.

Past Events

Restoring Respect - 3rd Annual Conference Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue

League of Women Voters Regional Workshop: From Restoring Respect to Shared Governance

The League of Women Voters and Restoring Respect are cosponsoring a follow-up event to Restoring Respect's 3rd Annual conference on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at San Diego Mesa College.

What Kind of Talk Does Democracy Need?

Restoring Respect and the League of Women Voters North County San Diego co-hosted Dr. Martin Carcasson's (Director, Center For Public Deliberation, Colorado State University) July 8th talk: What Kind of Talk Doe Democracy Need. Check out details of the talk.

2nd Annual Conference On Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue

Many thanks to the concerned San Diegans who took time out of their busy schedules to attend the 2nd Annual Community Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue. You all helped make it a very successful event. Attendance at this year’s conference was double last years, despite the decidedly inclement weather. Check out conference videos and photos below. Learn more about the 2nd annual conference.



Dr. Constance Carroll (Chancellor, SDCCD) Moderator Carl Luna and Panelists (L-R) Jeff Light (editor UT San Diego) Martha Barnette (Co-Host, Public Radio's A Way With Words), State Senator Marty Block, Dr. Maria Senour & 10News Anchor Virginia Cha

USD President Dr. Mary Lyons and Keynote Speaker Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, Washington Post

“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’s Fall Breakfast

Many thanks to all who attended the fall breakfast.  Dr. Edward Luck, Dean of the USD Joan Kroc Institute for Peace Studies delivered salient opening remarks on the impact of civility and incivility from a global perspective.  Panelists Lani Lutar (San Diego County Taxpayer’s Association), BH Kim (Executive Director for The San Diego Foundation’s Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement) and California State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher helped lead a spirited and informative group dialogue. View pictures and a video of the event.

1st Annual Community Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue a Success!

Many thanks to all of you concerned San Diegans who took time out of your busy schedules to attend the 1st Annual Community Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue.  You all helped make it a very successful event.  We, the organizers, have received numerous positive remarks about the conference and were gratified by the large turnout of community leaders, elected officials and candidates concerned about rising incivility and interested in engaging in a community dialogue to reverse this trend. Read more about the 1st Annual Community Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue.

In the Media


  • Congrats to Mesa College for being 1 of 15 CA Community Colleges Allowed To Offer BA degree The First Time

    January 21, 2015

  • Question from @fox5sandiego : Is free community college "pie in the sky." My answer: Should be meat and potatoes.

    January 21, 2015