Civility Project

The Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) is proud to implement a campus wide initiative called We are 3Rs: Civility - Moving toward Inclusive Excellence. The initiative compliments and exemplifies the university’s 3R values of reason, respect and responsibility. By developing a culture of civility with a focus on diversity and inclusion, respectful discourse and behavior at Georgia College will be promoted.

We are excited to implement this initiative to the campus as we work to build inclusive excellence at Georgia College. It is our desire that every student, staff and faculty member embraces and reflects the 3Rs towards their fellow Bobcats in the classroom, residence hall, workplace and all other environments on campus. By promoting civility, we move toward inclusive excellence as well as support a welcoming and safe campus to learn and work.

Fall 2017 Events

Confronting Islamophobia​

Sep. 26
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
A&S Auditorium

The post 9/11 era in the U.S. has exposed a significant degree of prejudice and bigotry toward Muslim people. As the American Muslim population is predicted to double over the next two decades (from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030), eradicating Islamophobia for good should be first and foremost in the minds of everyone who dreams of a more peaceful, equitable world. A panel will explore the fear and prejudice against the religion of Islam while working to shape a more inclusive society.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Muslim Student Association, Department of Philosophy, and Liberal Studies

Managing Triggers
Nov. 14
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
MSU Donahoo Lounge

"Did I just see this?" "What did you just say?" Have those thoughts entered your mind after experiencing insensitive and sometimes microaggressive comments? Those experiences can trigger negative emotions and can cause harm. Effectively navigating triggering moments is a critical multicultural competency for creating a sustainable campus change. If well-managed, triggering situations can result in greater understanding, communication, and connection.

In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of what constitutes a trigger. In addition, participants will learn the physiological and psychological effects of triggering events and how to manage those events. Participants will also receive information on self-care when experiencing a triggering event. 

This event is sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, Counseling Services, and Department of Psychological Science. 

Managing Triggers (11/14/17): Click here to register

Spring 2018 Events 

Paralysis of Political Correctness
Feb. 27
12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
MSU Donahoo Lounge

On any given day, people in the highest, even "untouchable", positions can be brought down by simply saying the wrong thing, at the wrong time, in the wrong place, to the wrong people. Today, we are deluged in workplace incidents where a casual comment, remark, or question can invoke profound misunderstandings and consequences. People have grown afraid to voice their opinions and communicate honestly.

Participants will explore diverse strategies that can minimize and/or eliminate this mood killing, meeting room deadening, hard feeling inducing, and now too often unforgiving social misstep. This is an opportunity to understand and resist this downward slide of overreaction and misunderstanding that virtually threatens freedom of speech in America today.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and the Department of Government and Sociology

Paralysis of Political Correctness (2/27/18): Click here to register

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
April 20
9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
MSU Donahoo Lounge

Diversity in the workplace is an important issue that all employees in any organization needs to understand. Today, more and more organizations are creating cultures that support diversity and inclusion by respecting, developing, and utilizing each employee's differences to create a competitive strength. This course covers the importance of diversity to your office/department, how to work in an environment that supports a diverse workforce, how to avoid potential problems and how to develop your own strengths through diversity and inclusion.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence. 

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace (4/20/18): Click here to register

#IAMGC: What’s Your Story?

#IAMGC is a social media campaign designed to capture and celebrate the diversity of the GC community by collecting and sharing our stories, values, culture and experiences. By sharing and embracing our differences, we can create a more inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome.

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Look for our #IAMGC tables at various locations and events throughout the year
  • Use #IAMGC on your social media platforms to highlight your contribution to diversity and inclusion at Georgia College

"I am GC because..."


  • #IAMGC because diversity and inclusion are values I espouse at Georgia College.
  • #IAMGC because I love tutoring at-risk high school students.
  • #IAMGC because I am the first member in my family to attend college.
  • #IAMGC because I am a faculty member who can speak five languages fluently. 
  • #IAMGC because I plan to become a teacher. My goal is to help students achieve their dreams.

Week of Welcome 

August 18 | 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. | The Max

Incoming freshmen to receive #IAMGC stickers and promotional handouts

August 21 | 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. | Make-a-Wish Fountain @ A&S

GC students, faculty and staff to receive #IAMGC stickers and promotional handouts

#IAMGC: Kick-Off Celebration

September 5 | 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. | Make-a-Wish Fountain @ A&S

  • Take and upload a selfie with our #IAMGC sign
  • Tell us what makes you GC


Civility at Work
Developing Healthy Workplaces: What’s Civility Got to Do with It? (from American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence)
Tolerance as Civility in Contemporary Workplace Initiatives by C.W. Von Bergen, Ph.D. and George Collier, Ph.D. from Southeastern Oklahoma State University
What Does It Take to Create an Inclusive Workplace? (pdf)
More Than Good Manners: Cultivating a Spirit of Open Dialogue and Civility on Campus (pdf) by Karen Doss Bowman
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Definitions (from Human Rights Campaign)
GLAAD Media Reference Guide – Transgender Issues (from GLAAD)
Workplace Bullying in Colleges and Universities (from HigherEdJobs)
Understanding Cyberbullying in College



Speak Up! (from Southern Poverty Law Center)
Disability Etiquette: Tips on Interacting with People with Disabilities (pdf)
Workplace Bullying and Disruptive Behavior: What Everyone Needs to Know (pdf)


Videos and Webinars

Tools and Strategies for Fostering a Civil Workplace (pdf) (webinar from HigherEdJobs)
Creating an Inclusive Workplace (video from Diversity Inc.)
Microaggressions Can Have a Toxic Effect in the Workplace (video)
Making Excellence Inclusive: What It Means—and How We Can (podcast)


For Faculty

Dealing with Troublesome Behaviors in the Classroom (pdf) by Mary Deane Sorcinelli from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Categorizes irritating and disruptive student behaviors, provides strategies for creating a classroom environment that can avert many problems, and suggests ways to deal with troublesome behaviors when they occur.


General Tips

20 Ways to Promote Civility: Moving toward Inclusive Excellence (pdf)
LGBT’ Student Academic and Social Engagement for Success: What Can We Do in Practice? (pdf)