Texas A&M University-Commerce will be holding training sessions and other events in an effort to ensure civil discourse among the university community.

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks is an associate professor of counseling at A&M-Commerce and is also the chair of a new civility task force, which spawned out of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee at the university. Hendricks says that A&M-Commerce President Dr. Mark Rudin has had civility as a goal for the institution and this project is stemming from that desire.

“Dr. Rudin wants to ensure that we maintain a culture of civility here at A&M-Commerce,” Hendricks said. While there has not been major issues as of late on campus, Hendricks stressed: “We want to be proactive rather than reactive.”

Hendricks says that different programs are planned throughout the rest of the year to train faculty, staff and students. Representatives from the Dale Carnegie Training organization are coming to Commerce this week and more events such as student listening sessions will be later announced.

In a radio interview with 88.9 FM KETR earlier this month, Hendricks said that civility “starts with knowing individuals, speaking with one another and sitting down and listening to individuals.”

“We want to build a caring, nurturing and understanding community,” Hendricks said.

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