Citizenship & Civility

Join WCU in a campus-wide exploration as we continue the 2012-13 QEP interdisciplinary theme “Citizenship & Civility.” This initiative aims to help students connect primary course objectives related to their role as university citizens and to synthesize learning and experience as they engage in civil dialogue and creatively express new understandings.
Currently, there are over 50 educative projects and events that align with Citizenship & Civility (please see the wiki link below for the most up to date spring 2013 database)!  Here is a showcase of a few initiatives organized by month:

  • January – The week of celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., had a number of events on Western’s campus. During our two MLK Days of Service, 136 students participated in 13 projects for a combined 355 hours of service! To conclude, Nikki Giovanni was a guest speaker and presented to a packed house of engaged students and faculty/staff that evening. Then on January 29, more than 200 students met with 44 community organizations at the 8th Annual Service Learning Fair.
  • February – The Department of Intercultural Affairs hosted the V-Day/ Vagina Monologues Campaign by showing a documentary “It’s a Girl” to discuss the gendercide in India, as well as China, and to show violence against women beginning as early as birth. Another event that took place, V-Men Standing Up and Speaking Out, was hosted in the UC on February 26, to give those an opportunity to speak out against sexual assault.
  • March – (IS ACTION PACKED!)
    March 4 Hunger Banquet Monday, 6:00 pm, Blue Ridge Conference Room –Within this event, you will get a free meal and learn more about hunger as well as food insecurity issues around the world. It is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items.
March 6 The 12th Annual Gender Conference: Women & Ethnicity Wednesday, 9:00am-4:30pm, UC. This conference will consist of papers or poster presentations focusing on gender research. The keynote speaker, Crystal Endsley, will speak on behalf of women’s experiences due to ethnicity.
March 7 No Limits March Thursday, 5pm in the UC Theater. This event is in celebration of the power, strength, network, and community of women on campus. Influential female faculty/staff will speak about their challenges, strengths, and journeys which will take place in the UC Theater. A march on campus will follow and refreshments will be served.
March 9  Dance Marathon 12:00 pm-12:00 am hosted in the CRC. Dance Marathon is a national event to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. Participants raise money that helps sick kids. The year culminates in a 12-hour long event where students stay on their feet through dancing, games, and entertainment; the question that is asked, 'will you dance for the children who can't? Last year, there were over 300 participants that rose over $8,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. The goal for this year is to double this amount of money raised!
March 16 Women’s History Month Day of Service Saturday, 10:00 am. A day to embrace the history of women and the various struggles they have endured throughout the years. Contact Jennifer Cooper (
March 23 Habitat for Humanity Women Build Saturday, 8:30am. Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring 'Women Build' workdays! Volunteers can help both build and remodel houses for our low-income neighbors in the community. Contact Jennifer Cooper (

April – 
April 4 TRANSaction Day Thursday, 8:00 am UC Grand Room - The Department of Intercultural Affairs presents TRANSaction day, which is celebrated nationally, and encourages dialogue about gender identities, as well as makes students aware of implementing safety for all.
April 10 24th Annual International Festival Wednesday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm, UC Lawn- I-Fest has given the community and various students on campus the chance to engage and explore the different cultures our world has to offer. This event includes different food, music, dance and artistry.
April 12 Jeans Day Friday- Friday, 8:00 am. In 1998, an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans, reasoning she must have helped her attacker remove them. On Denim Day, wear your jeans as a visible sign of protest against the myths that still surround sexual assault!"

Fall 2012 Projects & Events



• August – FOCUS: First-Year Opportunities for Community and University Service was an outstanding success with nearly 200 first-year Catamounts engaging in the very local Western Carolina University community.

• September – Tuesday, September 25 is Voter Registration Day! WCU will come to life and attempt to register any students interested in being a voting member of the Jackson County precinct! There will be a lot of activity and much to look forward to. Whether RED or BLUE in affiliation, you can’t get purple without combining both!

• October – Author Paul Loeb (Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times and The Impossible Will Take a While) will be on campus Wednesday, October 24 from 6:00p-7:30p in the University Center Theater. There will be (optional) assignments and selected readings from Soul of a Citizen that faculty and staff can use to integrate this presentation into their curricula.
• November – GET OUT AND VOTE! On Tuesday, November 6 WCU will attempt to make history in Jackson County! The Public Policy Institute, Center for Service Learning, and WCU as a whole will be organizing non-stop shuttles to and from the local polling place (Cullowhee Recreation Center)! Get ready for a fun filled day!

Please see the database for an up-to-date list of research ideas, public forums, project initiatives, presentations, and many more initiatives that combine to equal a whole (Citizenship & Civility) that is greater and more influential than the sum of its parts! Join us in a yearlong dialogue of these otherwise seemingly untouchable concepts! 


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