Civil Discourse Project

Civil Discourse Project

Building on our Shared Values to encourage open-minded exploration at a university where all individuals feel valued and supported. 

The Civil Discourse Project brings together expert resources from across the university to provide Ohio State's students, faculty and staff with opportunities to learn about civil discourse and practice skills to engage with different views and opinions they encounter.

Building on the platform of Ohio State's Shared Values, the purpose of the project is to integrate civil discourse into a distinctive Ohio State experience. The project weaves together concepts for discourse across differences, including:

  • Encouraging open-minded exploration, risk-taking, and freedom of expression
  • Building trust through honesty, transparency and authentic engagement
  • Putting people at the center of all that we do


Ways for Students to Get Involved

Ways for Faculty and Staff to Get Involved

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Combining understanding with skill building, the Civil Discourse Project promotes a wide range of events that offer engaging opportunities for the entire campus community. It will bring together existing courses, programs, events and workshops initiated by both academic and administrative units and serve as a launch pad for new opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage with each other actively across differences.

Date and Time Title Event type Audience

October 7, 2022

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Pomerene Hall Ideation Zone

COMPAS Conference: Should Education Be Less Divisive? Conference  Open to all

October 7, 2022
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

COMPAS Conference Keynote by Professor Sigal Ben-Porath, followed by conversation with Provost Melissa Gilliam

Livestream registration is available here

Lecture & discussion Open to all

November 9-10, 2022
1-4 p.m.

From Debate to Dialogue: Conversation Strategies for Building Connection Across Difference – VIRTUAL Workshop Faculty/staff

November 18

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Ohio Union, Round Meeting Room

Civil Discourse Forum: Should Americans be Proud of their History? Panel and discussion Open to all

December 2, 2022

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pomerene Hall Partner Room

COMPAS Colloquium: Are Universities Too Costly? Discussion Open to all
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Project Partners

The Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV) is Ohio State's hub for respectful discussion and interdisciplinary engagement on the ethical challenges that shape our communities, and for ongoing reflection on the university’s Shared Values. Its "Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society” (COMPAS) program and civil discourse initiative promote informed and respectful discussion built on the “4 Cs”: Be Curious, Be Charitable, Be Conscientious, and Be Constructive.

The Ohio State Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability (IDEA) aims to further the mission of a great land grant university. It seeks to mobilize the resources of the academy to serve the public good in our local, state, national, and international communities. It focuses on three related areas: generating and disseminating knowledge about American political institutions, with a special emphasis on elections; studying and fostering high-quality political dialogue and deliberation; and furthering the university’s mission announced in its motto: "education for citizenship.”

The Divided Community Project was developed by persons and institutions committed to the belief that dispute resolution practitioners, policymakers and scholars can make a tangible, constructive contribution to helping leaders and citizens in communities seared by tensions, unrest, and civil discord … to strengthen and expand their capacity and resiliency meet these challenges.