Our History

The Institute for Civil Civic Engagement was created as a partnership by the University of San Diego’s College of Arts and Sciences, San Diego City College and San Diego Mesa College. The announcement of the new partnership was made by Dr. Constance M. Carroll, chancellor of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), during the 3rd annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego on March 21, 2014. San Diego Miramar College joined the ICCE partnership in 2015. 

ICCE is the institutional home of Restoring Respect, a community initiative supported by a consortium of San Diego area academic institutions and community groups that include SDCCD, USD’s School of Leadership and Educational Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences, the Catfish Club and San Diego Gas & Electric.

ICCE was created to expand the work in promoting better civic dialogue under Restoring Respect to initiatives and events beyond Restoring Respect’s well regarded annual conferences, including organizing community conferences and forums and working with the media to promote civility in political campaigns and civic events. The institute also works with local school districts, colleges and universities in developing programs, pedagogies and curriculum  that promote campus cultures of civility and civic engagement.