Statement on Civility
Since its inception, CGCC has had a primary mission to educate students, that is, to prepare students for transfer to the university and successful careers. During the past several years, the college has also become more focused on its role in preparing citizens and future community leaders. As part of that focus, with the help of CGCC's student leaders, college clubs and organizations, faculty and staff, and various community groups, we have sponsored a series of forums, debates, and special events around topics of interest in society today. Our goals are to help students and community members learn about the various perspectives on issues so that they are better informed citizens, and to inspire them to participate actively in the democratic process.
The open exchange of information and ideas is essential to the democratic system of government. A cornerstone of democracy in America is that citizens have voluntarily observed certain rules of behavior that establish a tone of respect and civility for all. Discussion of some political or social issues can lead to emotionally charged debate. It is our hope that all participants in college civic engagement activities remember that we are an educational institution trying to create a safe space for listening and speaking, for dialog and learning. Displays of anger, rudeness, impatience, or a lack of respect detract from the open exchange of ideas, prevent fair discussion of the issues, and can discourage people from participation, and learning. Let's focus on having mutually respectful conversations in order to promote further civic engagement.
With civility and an open-mind for learning, we invite students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to join us in our effort to become more knowledgeable and engaged citizens.