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

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

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  • Friday, March 20, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The Institute for Civil Civic Engagement will be co-hosting Restoring Respect’s fourth annual conference to restore civility to civic dialogue on March 20 at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. The theme of this year's event is “Celebrating Civility.”

Restoring Respect, in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District and the ICCE is organizing and conducting the inaugural Celebrating Civility Awards: Creating Civility On Our Campuses and In Our Community (aka The C6 Awards). All San Diego Unified High School seniors have been invited to participate in this new scholarship awards program. Through essay, video, multimedia, performance art or art installation seniors are being asked to reflect on what civility means and how can it be advanced on their campuses and in their communities. One student from each SDUSD high school will be nominated as a finalist and the top three student entries will receive cash scholarship awards. The nominated students will be honored at the Restoring Respect conference and the scholarship winners will be announced.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to get our next generation of citizens and community leaders to think about issues of civility in our society,” stated Carl Luna, co-chair of Restoring Respect and director of ICCE. “Civic dialogue at all levels of American society has become increasingly fractured, negative and dysfunctional,” he added. “Our hope with projects like this is to help give our students the skills they need to be more productive participants in of needed community dialogues.”

The C6 Awards are being sponsored by the United Way of San Diego County, UT San Diego, the San Diego and Imperial County Labor Council, San Diego Continuing Education and USD’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Leadership and Educational Sciences. Partner organizations include the National Conflict Resolution Center, California State University San Marcos, the League of Women Voters San Diego North County, Point Loma Nazarene University, University of San Diego, San Diego Community College District and the Independent Voter Project.

National Conflict Resolution Center Director Steven Dinkin will be the conference keynote speaker. He has directed the National Conflict Resolution Center since 2003 and is co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the San Diego County Bar Association. The National Conflict Resolution Center works with law enforcement and the judicial system to provide and promote collaborative dispute resolution and conflict management services to individuals and organizations.

Before coming to the National Conflict Resolution Center, Dinkin served for several years as an employment and workplace mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other federal agencies.

Reality Changers founder and USD alumnus Christopher Yanov will be the speaker at the luncheon held after the conference for student nominees, their parents and faculty and staff from their participating highs schools. Reality Changers is a San Diego-based nonprofit that mentors and tutors at-risk, high school students aspiring to become first-generation college students. He recently was named one of the most-admired CEOs by the San Diego Business Journal and one of the region’s new civic power brokers by San Diego Magazine.

Other speakers will include Rev. George Walker Smith, founder of the Catfish Club of San Diego and Co-Chair of Restoring Respect; Cindy Marten, Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District; Dr. Mary Lyons, President of the University of San Diego; Dr. Constance Carroll, Chancellor of the SDCCD. Panelists include Greg Cox, member of the San Diego County Board or Supervisors; Karla Petersen, Features Reporter for UT San Diego; Dr. Mary Walshok Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego and Michel Anderson of Anderson and Associates.

The March 20 conference runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. It will be held at USD’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, 5998 Alcala Park, in San Diego. The event is free and open to the public.

The Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue is a product of Restoring Respect, a community initiative that aims to bring civility back to the political process and issues of public importance. It was established by the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), USD’s School of Leadership and Educational Sciences, the Catfish Club and others. The first Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue was held in 2012, and Restoring Respect’s efforts have since evolved into the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement.

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5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Fax: (619) 260-4790

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