The Greater Akron Civility Center

hosted by
The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

“Since I began actively working to improve civility and create more productive public engagement eight years ago, I’ve been saying that civility isn’t just about being nicer to each other - civility allows us to do a better job of serving the public through dialogue and compromise. I believe that making self-government function again will be the work of my generation, our great challenge. I salute The University of Akron and I’m proud that a university from my home town is helping lead the charge for this important cause.”

- Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

Mission

To set standards for civility; provide resources to promote civility and prevent incivility; coordinate an annual summit celebrating civility; and, most importantly, create a culture of civility in the Greater Akron community.

Civility Standards

  • Listen.
  • Seek truth.
  • Show respect.
  • Words matter.
  • Act with integrity.
  • Appreciate differences.
  • Seek constructive engagement.
  • Base differing opinions on common facts.

Civility begins with you and ends with all of us.
Through listening to our differences we find a common way.

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Sign the pledge

Greater Akron Civility Compact

We, the undersigned members of the greater Akron community, pledge to practice and encourage civility in our community.

Our goals are to set standards for civility; provide resources to promote civility and prevent incivility; coordinate an annual summit celebrating civility; and, most importantly, create a culture of civility in the Greater Akron community.

To aid this endeavor, we are supporting the creation of the Civility Center, which will be housed and maintained by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron, with advice from a representative committee of community leaders.

“Let there be civility on Earth and let it begin with us!”
 

Upcoming events

Wednesday, May 8 - Columbus, Ohio - 6 to 8 p.m.
Democracy In Action
Join the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus us as we celebrate the 28th year of the Democracy In Action award, the League's highest honor. The 2019 Honoree is Ted Celeste, founder of the Next Generation program at the National Institute for Civil Discourse. LWVMC is proud to announce that Ted Celeste has been chosen as the recipient of Democracy In Action Award for 2019. Honorary Co-Chairs for the event are former Ohio Governor and brother Richard Celeste, former Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court Yvette McGee Brown, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and former Franklin County Deputy Administrator William J. Flaherty.

Advisory Committee Members

  • Dr. John Green
    Interim President, The University of Akron
    Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
     
  • Ms. Carla L. Chapman
    Director of Community Relations, Akron Public Schools
     
  • Rev. Mark Ford
    Executive Director of Love Akron
     
  • Ms. Greta Johnson
    Assistant Chief of Staff and Public Information Officer
    Office of Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro
  • Rev. Dr. Carl P. Wallace
     Co-Convenor, Akron Faith Community
     
  • Mr. Bruce Winges
    Editor and Vice President, Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com
     
  • Dr. Matthew P. Akers
    Public Liaison, Office of the President, The University of Akron
    Assistant Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

Watch the ceremony

Questions?

Contact Dr. Matthew Akers at akers1@uakron.edu.