Campus-wide meetings set for the Civil Community Project @ RIT

Town hall-style events aim to start a dialogue on improving communications and interactions

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The Rochester Institute of Technology community is invited to engage in an ongoing dialogue about how people on campus treat one another.

The project is building on work begun at RIT two years ago, said RIT Ombudsperson Lee Twyman, whose office is working with representatives from across the campus to engage in this conversation.

On Monday, Nov. 11, the Civil Community Project @ RIT will host the first of a series of town hall-style meetings, inviting students, faculty and staff to come together and share ideas about the current climate and hopes for the future.

“We want to identify interactions and communications that are going well and help our community build on that,” Twyman said. “We also want to identify areas where there could be improvement and help develop strategies that will lead to a higher level of understanding about civility among everyone on campus. We are hoping the RIT community will define and embody the best of enlivened and civil discourse and interactions.”

The meetings, which are open to all students, faculty and staff, are set for:

  • Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 11 in the 1829 Room, on the first floor of the Student Union;
  • 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in the CSD Student Development Center, room 1300;
  • 9 to 10 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Bamboo Room on the second floor of Campus Center;
  • 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Reading Room on the second floor of Campus Center;
  • 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 in CSD Student Development Center, room 1300

Interested persons are asked to register for the event of their choice at

Interpreters can be requested at

For more information about the sessions or the Civil Community Project, contact Lee Twyman.