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About the Project

Think Civility

The Mount Civility Project



"Civility is demonstrated through manners, courtesy, politeness, and a general awareness of the rights, wishes, concerns, and feelings of others." Weeks (2011)


About the Project

What is Civility?
"Incivility" is typically defined in behavioral terms, referring to commonplace actions and interactions that are perceived as rude, inconsiderate, or disruptive. Accordingly, "civility" indicates the sort of respectful, polite behavior deemed essential to the orderly functioning of modern society. (adapted from UC Davis)

Civility is about more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step. It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past one's preconceptions, and teaching others to do the same. Civility is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted and fierce disagreements. It is political in the sense that it is a necessary prerequisite for civic action. But it is political, too, in the sense that it is about negotiating interpersonal power such that everyone's voice is heard, and nobody's is ignored. And civility begins with us. (From Institute for Civility in the Government.)

What does Incivility look like?  

  • Interpersonal: Neglecting to say “Thank You” when someone does something for you (like opening the door).
  • Cyber Incivility: Uncivil behavior exhibited in computer interaction and other social media (including sending blunt or tense e-mails, etc.
  • Victimless: Rude behavior that does not immediately impact another person (not refilling coffee/printer, littering, not asking to borrow something, not cleaning after yourself, etc.)

Mount Civility Project Committee

If you would like to contact a member of the Mount Civility Project committee, click on their name below for more information. 

Laura Crow, Dean of Student Life (Chair)

Jessica Cuevas, Dean of Student Life (Doheny)

Maryann Nguyen, Assistant Director for Civility and Student Affairs

Daisy Banuelos, Transcript Evaluator for Academic Advisement

Karla Guzman, Program Coordinator for Women's Leadership and Student Involvement

Anika Ahsan, Doheny Student

Joelle Balthazar, Chalon Student

Maria Carmier, Chalon Student

Chloe Frise, Doheny Student

Elisabeth Hall, Chalon Student