University 101 Programs

Seizing Civility: Between Conflict and Community

Presentation Abstract
Seizing Civility is an interactive presentation that will help students examine how their values and behavior impact their environment. Through individual reflection, class discussions, and group processing around typical events occurring on campus, students will define their personal values, learn about destructive and constructive methods for resolving conflict, and develop strategies for principled conflict resolution. Students will author their own Creed and an action plan of how they can bring civility to the Carolinian community.

University 101 Learning Outcomes

II b) Develop positive relationships with peers, staff, and faculty.

Many of our new students’ transitions are apparent, but learning to navigate managing conflict with roommates and professors is rarely addressed. This presentation focuses on students’ understanding of their interactions with the different parties in their new life. By discussing how those interactions can break down, students identify the ways they can effectively manage that conflict in a fair and responsible manner. Through this, students will develop skills to build stronger relationships and uphold civility in their relationships and actions.

III b) Explore the tenets of the Carolinian Creed.

A large portion of this presentation is focused on the Carolinian Creed. As the values statement of the university, the Carolinian Creed captures what it means to be a Carolinian and is a major component of the university’s history, traditions, and culture. We will provide activities that will allow students to think of tangible ways to live out the different tenets of the Creed on campus as well as ways to recognize it in others.

III a) Clarify their values and identity and articulate how these shape their perspectives and relationships with people who are similar to and different from themselves.

Throughout this presentation participants will explore personal values and actions of responsible citizenship. Students will explore the values espoused by the Carolinian Creed and develop an understanding of how their values intersect. Finally, students make commitments to apply their values to an action that affects the community around them.

Presentation Learning Outcomes
As a result of this presentation, students will:
-Examine their values and how their choices reflect their values.
-Differentiate between productive and destructive tactics for resolving interpersonal conflict and develop strategies for productive conflict resolution.
-Personalize the Carolinian Creed and leave with a manageable action step to promote the Carolinian Creed.

Presentation Outline
1. Introduction Ground Rules (2 minutes)
2. Topics for today’s discussion (2 minutes)
3. What is civility? (Activity: 5-7 minutes)
a. Discuss civility, what it is at USC, and discuss civility through playing Kid President's video "20 Things We Should Say More Often" and debriefing
4. Discuss the Carolinian Creed, what it is, and how it can be implemented on campus/in daily lives (12 minutes)
a. Activity: Spin the virtual Creed wheel and come up with tangible ways to live out that tenet
Your Values
1. Discuss purpose
2. Our Values: Overview and Introduction (Activity: 2 minutes)
a. Discuss how our background defines our values and utilize handout to determine top values
3. Would You Rather intro (1 minute)
a. Provide handout and conduct "Would You Rather" activities with values provided in previous activity (2 minutes)
4. Debrief Questions (3 minutes)

Conflict Resolution
1. Discuss purpose
2. Conflict Case Study/Article Introduction ***ONLY IN 75 MINUTE PRESENTATION***: (Activity and debrief: 16 minutes)
a. Break up into 4 groups and discuss case study provided
3. Debrief Case Study/Article
4. Types of Conflict (15 minutes)
a. 60-60 30-30 Activity
5. Addressing future conflict



Presentation Length
50 minutes; 75 minutes;

Presenter Training
Presentations are given in pairs consisting of an undergraduate student and either a professional staff member or a Graduate Assistant from the Office of Student Conduct.

Undergraduate presenters are recruited from within the Office of Student Conduct’s Carolina Judicial Council (CJC), and must complete an application process in order to be selected. Students are specifically used to facilitate this presentation to help new students better connect with the community values, individual values, and positive resolution options advocated by their peers. In addition to their CJC training, undergraduate presenters also receive facilitation training on the following topics:

Connecting with an audience
Debriefing group experiences
Values exploration
Leading reflection activities
Facilitation styles
Dealing with difficult students