Xavier University and the greater Cincinnati community are already working to support better dialogue and a culture of encounter. We invite you to know what's available and make use of it.
The Xavier Way for Dialogue: A Shared Vision to Strengthen our Community, developed in conversation with faculty and staff across the University, offers ten norms as shared commitments for deepening and broadening the bonds of our campus community. This document was developed in early 2020 by Marcus Mescher, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics (Theology), in consultation with the faculty, staff and students on the Take It On 2020 Council, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Mission and Identity, the Ethics/Religion and Society program, the Staff Advisory Committee, the Center for Faith and Justice, Residence Life and the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
- Use the short-form Dialogue Cards as appropriate in class, offices, programs or committees. We have two versions: Dialogue Cards 1 and Dialogue Cards 2.
Politics in the Classroom: Instructor Resources, an extensive list of resources for instructors to help students have civil dialogue and disagreement over difficult topics. This list was compiled by the CTE.
Lobbying Policy (faculty, staff, administrators)
Student Resources for Support:
- Students are encouraged to seek support from a number of campus resources:
- Virtual Let’s Talk Counseling sessions (brief, drop-in consultations) are available. Contact 513-745-3022, option 2 to connect with a counselor.
- For crisis support, please contact XUPD at 513-745-1000 to reach the Counselor on call.
- If you have specific concerns about an individual student, please reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students at 513-745-3166. You can also email Angie Kneflin, Director of Care Management (513-383-5082).
- The Bias Advisory and Response Team (BART) serves as a response mechanism for reports of bias motivated behavior against Xavier students. For more information about BART and its work please see the BART website.
- RAs, Student Success Coaches, Staff, Faculty and Hall Directors:
- Always feel free to reach out to any of the any of the knowledgeable and concerned people you know at Xavier; they are there for you.
Faculty and Staff Resources for Support:
- Xavier’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all Xavier employees regardless of whether or not the employee elected Xavier's health insurance. Find more information on the Human Resources website or call 800-865-1044.
- Xavier’s Psychological Services Center is available for short-term individual therapy for Xavier employees. For more information, contact Psychological Services Center at 513-745-3531.
Beyond Civility: "Not content to stand on the edges of partisan divides, participants here are stepping forward to meet their counterparts, competitors, and even those they perceive as ideological nemeses to find new and better ways to solve problems…together. Join us as we learn and practice techniques for communicating around and through our differences; communicating to hear and be heard, to understand and be understood, and to show and receive respect."
Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate: "The Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate (CRCAH) is a nonpartisan alliance of organizations committed to being vigilant against hate activity by supporting impacted communities and fostering acceptance, compassion, and justice for all in the Cincinnati region."
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: "Our mission is to reveal stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps of freedom today."
The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, "Contemplation and Political Action: An Ignatian Guide to Civic Engagement." The document is a reflection on how our faith and Ignatian values might guide our pursuit of the common good in the public square.
Ignatian Solidarity Network: "Voting is an Act of Love." "Ignatian Solidarity Network has partnered with When We All Vote to provide voter registration resources. When We All Vote is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap."
Better Angels: "Better Angels is a national citizens’ movement to reduce political polarization in the United States by bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes, forming red/blue community alliances, teaching practical skills for communicating across political differences, and making a strong public argument for depolarization."
The Flip Side: "Every day, we scour 30+ publications to find the most thoughtful and informed perspectives on major issues. In a daily 5-minute email, you'll get the big picture of what's happening from the left and right. And feel on top of our ever-changing political world—all in time for your morning coffee ;)"
Heterodox Academy: "We are a non-partisan collaborative of more than 25,000 professors, administrators, and graduate students committed to enhancing the quality and impact of research--and improving education--by promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in institutions of higher learning."
Pantsuit Politics: "A bipartisan political podcast co-hosted by two women. Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers bring a nuanced perspective to discussions about politics."