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Civility Initiative

FIT's emerging civility initiative is aimed at engaging our community in a discussion of respectful ways of living and learning in a higher education environment.

In 2012, a committee made up of faculty, staff, students, and administrators was formed to champion the FIT Civility Initiative. The committee was charged with developing a road map for a civility campaign and creating a civility mission statement for the FIT community.

Following the success of the first Civility Week that took place in April 2013, Enrollment Management and Student Success rolled out the WEAR it Monday campaign to re-engage the student community during the fall 2013 semester. To continue building momentum for the FIT Civility Initiative, the FIT community will be celebrating Kindness Week in partnership with PTK (Phi Theta Kappa) and Student Ambassadors in spring 2014. Kindness Week will be a joint effort throughout the FIT community in future years to come as part of the overall FIT civility program. More events will be planned for fall 2014, including a joint kick-off sponsored by the President's Office and the United College Employees.


2013-2014 Activities

WEAR it MondayWEAR it Monday

Each Monday, FIT emphasizes a word of the week and an example of its use within our community. Students who wear an orange civility initiative bracelet receive discounts with participating merchants. Students are encouraged to look for the WEAR it Monday logo around campus (and beyond), to obtain a wristband, and locate discounts.  

Word of the Week:

  • November 4 - Kindness
  • November 11 - Empathy
  • November 18 - Helpful
  • November 24 - Friendly
  • December 2 - Sincere
  • December 9 - Regard
  • December 16 - Thoughtful
  • January 6 - Polite
  • January 20 - Largesse
  • January 27 - Gracious
  • February 3 - Respect
  • February 10 - Courtesy
  • February 18 - Tolerance
  • February 24 - Understanding
  • March 3 - Generosity
  • Mach 10 - Concern
  • March 17 - Open-minded
  • March 24 - Compliment
  • March 31 - Forgive
  • April 7 - Camaraderie
  • April 14 - Amicable

Participating Merchants:

FIT Kindness Week

Kindness Week 

Kindness Week is an annual program that occurs each spring at FIT that is organized by the Student Ambassadors and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Sponsored by the FIT Civility Initiative, Kindness Week blends social media, events, and philanthropy for the entire campus community, promoting campus and community awareness of civility.

Events (Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28, 2014): 

  • All week: Kindness Week Table, Wear it Monday Table, Compliment Tree, Take Faculty to Lunch Program in Dubinsky Lobby
  • Wednesday, March 26 at 7PM: Meditation Event in Dubinsky Lobby
  • Friday, March 28 at 5PM: Dance-a-thon in Great Hall

Daily Themes:

  • Monday: Be Kind to the Environment
  • Tuesday: Be Kind to Others
  • Wednesday: Be Kind to Yourself
  • Thursday: Be Kind to Faculty
  • Friday: Be Kind to K.I.D.S. (Dance-a-thon)

Social Media (#KeepItKind):

FIT Compliments

As part of the FIT Civility Initiative, students have created a Facebook page entitled FIT Compliments. The theme of this site is to provide and encourage the FIT community to share positive stories about each other and the institution they love.

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