Take It On

Take it On

Take It On is Xavier’s non-partisan, values-centered initiative to proactively promote better civic discourse and robust, peaceful engagement in politics. 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 that we can and must do better. As leaders in Ignatian Civic Engagement, 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 civic engagement that balances political engagement, academics, and well-being.

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

Make a Plan to Vote

Make a Plan to Vote

Take It On encourages all members of the Xavier community to get involved with upcoming elections.  The Tuesday, November 8, 2022 elections will determine the winner of races for the US Senate, the US House and the Ohio State Legislature, as well as state and local ballot initiatives. 

Access Xavier.Motivote.us to make a plan to register and vote in the upcoming elections!
Work the polls on Election Day
Election Day Classroom and Campus Resources
The Value of Difficult Conversations

The Value of Difficult Conversations

At Xavier, we embrace difficult conversations and intellectual discomfort. It’s through challenging conversations that we learn to better understand our own positions and engage with those who hold different views. The following resources can help students, faculty and staff to have these conversations.

Tools for a Healthy Conversation
The Xavier Way for Dialogue
Leadership in Ignatian Civic Engagement
Discernment and Reflection Guide - Useful for Advising and Vocational Discernment!

The Evolution of AntiSemitism

Wednesday, September 28 - 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Kennnedy Auditorium (CLC 412)

Join Jackie Congedo and Jake Campbell from the Cincinnati Holocaust and Humanity Center to discuss the problem of Anti-Semitism in modern society.  There will be food and a chance for you to add to the conversation!  Sponsored by Take It On Dialogue Ambassadors and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Social Action Office with the support of the Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati/Leaders in Light program. 

Notre Dame Hesburgh Lecture: Secular Surge: Fault Line In American Politics

Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 7:00 pm, Kennedy Auditorium (412 Conaton Learning Commons)

Xavier University and Take It On are pleased to welcome the Hesburgh Lecture Series to campus. Sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati, the event will feature a talk by Dr. David E. Campbell, the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame.  The talk, "Bridging the Divide - Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics," is open to the public and all members of the Xavier University Community.   A reception will follow.  For more information, contact hidyk@xavier.edu

Constitution Day Luncheon Address: "John Jay and the Proto-Supreme Court"

Saturday, September 17, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Clocktower Lounge (3rd Floor, Gallagher Student Center)

All members of the university community are welcome to join Dr. Matthew Williamson, instructor of History at Xavier University and Xavier's 2022 Constitution Day Scholars for a lunchtime discussion on John Jay, the Founders, and the role of the Courts in the US political system.  Pre-registration required.  E-mail marianim@xavier.edu to RSVP for the event.  This event is sponsored by the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History. 

"What Makes an Issue Religious? Reflections on the Dobbs Decision": A (Pre-) Constitution Day Address

Friday, September 16, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Clocktower Lounge (GSC)

Join Dr. Melissa Matthes from the US Coast Guard Academy for a Pre-Constitution Day Address on the role of religion in public life and how religious identity and beliefs shape political agendas and political outcomes.  Sponsored by the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History. 

Get Involved

Fall 2022 Conversation Series

Take It On, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of Student Affairs invite all Members of the Xavier University Community to together to join in conversation with one another on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the challenges of engaging across differences on political and social issues.

Fall 2022 Conversation Series
Resources for Healthy Dialogue

Good Dialogue Matters

At Xavier University, we are preparing the next generation of civic leaders. Our Ignatian heritage and our liberal arts tradition call us to challenge students to wrestle with difficult ideas and assist them in developing their own approaches to engagement.

Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.

President, Xavier University

My father always told me 'You don't know what you don't know.' This seems obvious until you are engaging in conversations with opinions that you've never heard or considered before. It's those challenging conversations about politics that make you realize how little we know about this world and how much we could learn by listening to others.

MaKayla Conners

SGA VP and Class of 2022

Good dialogue is hard, but worth it to create deeper relationships and examine timeless (and timely) contentious issues.

Rachel Chrastil, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Our Values

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.  

Embrace discomfort: We embrace intellectual discomfort, difficult conversations and the benefits of working through them to better understand our own positions and to engage with those who hold different views. We accept responsibility for our role in a conversation and share the burden as we mutually seek better understanding. 

Build on our resources: We draw on and expand the resources of our faculty, staff, administrators, 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. We recognize the contexts and experiences that shape the dynamics of dialogue. 

Keep our community at the center: Our students and their intellectual development and overall well-being are at the center of this project; in order to support and educate our students, faculty and staff need to be fully invested as well. This project seeks to build relationships and repair breaches in our community, mindful of those who feel they are on the outside.  

Presidential Primaries Experience

Student Travels to Presidential Primaries

In January 2020, Xavier University students from the Philosophy, Politics and the Public Program, Political Science, and Pi Sigma Alpha travelled to New Hampshire to explore the “first-in-nation” primary.


Cincinnati Mayor and City Council

Cincinnati Mayor and City Council

Take It On interviewed all six candidates for mayor in Spring 2021 prior to the mayoral primary. In September 2021, Xavier hosted the mayoral debate between David Mann and Aftab Pureval.


Restorative Justice Conversations

A close up of two hands clasped together

PPP junior Christo Fosse hosted two restorative justice circles in Fall 2020, one before the election and one afterwards.