Every day we have the opportunity to create a culture of dignity and respect through our behavior and actions. This campaign is dedicated to raising awareness about how each of us can help create a campus community where all can live, learn, work and thrive – with all of our differences.
RESPECT. HOW DO YOU SHOW IT?
Below are some tips and ideas to get you started.
- Reflect. What does respect mean to you? How do you wish to be treated? How can you treat others with dignity and respect?
- Be Open. View new experiences and ideas as valuable learning opportunities.
- Be Patient. Take the time to get the full story and try to understand others.
- Listen. Don’t interrupt or jump to conclusions, give others the chance to share their point of view.
- Include. Make an effort to include others – especially if they are different than you.
- Be Flexible. Learn how to adapt to changing conditions, be open to doing things differently.
- Be Fair. Don’t play favorites. Treat everyone the same regardless of their role or position.
- Find Common Ground. Cultivate understanding by learning what you have in common with others.
- Communicate Respectfully. Be aware of your tone when communicating (written and verbally) with others. Do you sound angry, defensive or condescending?
- Give People a Chance. Most people have good intentions. Everyone makes mistakes. Resist the urge to judge others. They may be able to learn from your perspective.
- Share Your Perspective. Let others know how you feel, share your ideas and experiences.
- Ask Others to Share Theirs. Encourage others to share their perspective with you.
- Agree to Disagree. Even when you strongly disagree with someone’s viewpoint, try to remain composed and have a civil discussion. You may never agree with them or change their mind. That’s OK. You don’t have to like a person or their ideas in order to treat them respectfully.