Take It On

Take It On is Xavier’s non-partisan, values-centered initiative to proactively promote better civil discourse and robust, peaceful engagement in politics. Learn more about the 2021 elections.

Political division and polarization has become more intense both on a national level and in our local communities. We often avoid and demonize those who disagree with us.

At Xavier, we believe we can and must do better. We model how to live out a thriving democracy: We seek out difference with the aim of listening, respecting, and being open to learning from each other. We explore common ground when discussing controversial topics so that our students may learn to engage in difficult dialogue with others in a civil, productive manner. We promote robust, peaceful engagement with politics. While we welcome a variety of opinions, we hold certain values to be central to this project:

  • Name the problem: We are concerned about the divisive and polarizing political and societal challenges that we face.
  • Leverage our Jesuit Catholic heritage: We draw on the gifts and values of our Jesuit Catholic heritage, including the dignity of the human person and value of the liberal arts education.students-talking-small.jpg
  • Build on our resources: We draw on and expand the resources of our faculty, staff, administrators and students, University policies and community partners.
  • Act with humility and courage: We know we will make mistakes but are convinced that we must speak and act on our convictions while listening to, showing respect for, and being open to learning from others.
  • Keep our community at the center: Our students are at the center of this project; in order to support our and educate our students, faculty and staff need to be fully invested as well. This project is about our community, including the need to belong and be included, to engage with ideas that challenge, to grow in our capacity to articulate our own positions and values.

We invite you to get involved. Our goal is to build the campus capacity to face divisive challenges and provide resources to support better dialogue. We welcome opportunities to collaborate with campus offices, centers, academic departments and programs.

The challenge is great. The time is now. We're ready to Take It On.