LSU to Host Inaugural "Civility Week" Events in September
Sept. 11 remembrance, walk and vigil planned; Eric Silva to speak during "Civility Week"
BATON ROUGE – LSU will host its inaugural "Civility Week" with events, including a Sept. 11 remembrance, walk and candlelight vigil; guest speaker; and real talk discussion, from Sunday, Sept. 11, through Wednesday, Sept. 14.
During this past summer, student leaders from the Homecoming Student Committee, Leading Streak, the Student Activities Board and Volunteer LSU proposed a week of civility-based programming for the current academic year. Campus Life launched this initiative by creating "Civility Week." Rooted in LSU's Commitment to Community, "Civility Week" will charge the LSU community to consider multiple perspectives with respect, kindness and courtesy while navigating challenging issues. Campus Life also encourages other campus organizations to sponsor civility-based programs throughout the year.
"Civility Week" will begin on Sunday, Sept. 11, with a 9/11 remembrance, walk and candlelight vigil. Participants will gather at Free Speech Plaza at 6 p.m. and write their reflections on the 10-year anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. The reflections will be written on index-sized cards and attached to biodegradable balloons. At 6:30 p.m., the crowd will walk down Tower Drive to the Greek Amphitheater. During the walk, participants are encouraged to release their balloons in front of the Memorial Tower and the LSU War Memorial. At the conclusion of the walk, a candlelight vigil will be held at the Greek Amphitheater. Guest speakers will include LSU Chancellor Michael Martin, LSU Student Government President Cody Wells and Louisiana State Fire Marshall "Butch" Browning.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, LSU will welcome "Civility Week" guest speaker Eric Alva, who will deliver his speech, titled "The End of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'" The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the LSU Student Union Theater.
Alva, a retired staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, was one of the first Americans wounded, and the first to be awarded the Purple Heart, in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was wounded when he stepped on a land mine and lost his right leg in March 2003. Following a 13-year career, he retired from the military and returned to college. It was there that Alva revealed that he was gay.
Alva now serves as the national spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's effort to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and have it replaced with a policy that prevents discrimination in the military based on sexual orientation. He actively fights for LGBT rights, especially for those that have served and are currently serving in the military.
The "Civility Week" events conclude on Wednesday, Sept. 14, with " Real Talk: Oops, Did I Just Tweet That?" This interactive presentation about social media will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Acadian Room, Room 210, of the LSU Student Union. A repeat of the first of 15 Real Campus Real Talk seminars this academic year, this presentation aims to get students to discuss how social media can advance their education and be used to compete for jobs, some of the legal issues surrounding social media and LSU's social media policies.
For more information on the 9/11 remembrance, walk and candlelight vigil, or the "Civility Week" guest speaker, please contact Jacob Brumfield, assistant dean of students and associate director of Campus Life, at 225-578-5160 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Real Talk seminar, please contact Micaela de Gruy in the office of Student Advocacy and Accountability at 225-578-4307.