Civil and Respectful Communication, Discourse & Debate
Today’s campus is a breeding ground of heated discussions. From political discussions to race relations, social equality and social justice — the topics are important and serious and the feelings run deep. Isn’t this great? Isn’t this why the institution was built? As a place to exchange ideas, challenge norms and stretch convention? But invective language, venomous barbs and hateful tones have disturbed civil communication, discourse and debate on our campuses.
Take back the civil discourse on your campus. Return heated rhetoric to informed discussions. Avoid letting heated discussions turn into a campus controversy. Change the campus dynamic and inform the conversation. Informed Discussions allows you to educate students in how to participate in civil communication, discourse and debate.
Informed Discussions: A Student's Guide is an 8-page, full-color brochure that shows students simple strategies for communicating in respectful, positive ways, especially when discussing tough topics.
Plus, this brochure can be customized with your school's logo and campus-specific information!
- How to have informed, civil discussions
- Agreeing to disagree
- The components of civil dialogue
- Using "I" statements
- Building an inclusive community
- Recognizing and avoiding microaggressions
- Engaging in respectful discourse
- Diversity and social justice terms to know
- Recognizing triggers
- And much more!
Guides for Faculty and Staff are also available!
Click here to learn more about the Brochure for Faculty.
Click here to learn more about the Staff Guide.
Post to Your School’s Website with a Digital License
A Digital License allows you to post a digital PDF of the brochure on your school’s website and distribute electronically to members of your campus community. Choose the format that works best for you — printed copies, a digital license, or get both for the best value!
Customize with Your Campus-Specific Information
When you order the customized version of this brochure, we will add your school or department logo to the front cover and your institution’s name and website to the footer throughout. Plus, fully customize the entire back page with your campus-specific information, such as:
- Contact information for key offices or departments
- Important policies or mission statements
- Support services available at your institution
- On- and off-campus contacts for students or staff in need
- Your department/institutional webpage and resource links
Instructions for submitting your custom content can be found here. A PaperClip Communications team member will contact you upon purchase to assist you with your custom materials. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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