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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

City College gets civil

Civility has become a lost art of communication and Michael Poindexter has made it his mission to find it again here at City College.

“The hardest part is just getting people to do something, ” said Poindexter, vice president of Student Services for five years, who is very proud that City College is the first in the district to address the issue of civility. “Incivility is nothing that you are supposed to tolerate.”

An open awareness meeting about Poindexter’s civility campaign was held in the Learning Resource Center March 31 for students, teachers and faculty. The goal of the meeting was to teach students and faculty what is and what is not proper conduct in a learning environment, a concept that stretches beyond campus and into the working environment as well.

“If you’re not ready for a classroom, you’re not ready for a boardroom,” Poindexter said. “City has a very high expectation of their students and [we] are a respected campus because of the many intellectuals attending here. It’s not just a city college. It is an institution full of legacies. We do have students going to Harvard and Yale from here and many Olympian athletes have come through this area.”

The civility movement on campus began with more than 400 students and faculty gathered in the Quad three days after the start the spring semester, However, Poindexter and many others on campus have been planning and organizing events to engage students on the topic of civility for much longer.

According to Elohim Cofield, an administration of justice major and Assocated Student Government representative, the ASG has tried to get students involved since August 2010 and is very excited to finally launch the project.

“I was surprised by the amount of people that came to the meeting,” Cofield said. “When we tried to push it in the beginning not too many people were interested in hearing what we were trying to say.”
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The civility movement works at breaking down barriers between people and allowing a new way of thinking to emerge.

“It’s not just about who we are and where we come from, but that we are all human beings,” Deborah Knowles, the interim dean of Matriculation said.

Poindexter said students often come to his office to voice concerns about incivility or rude behavior on campus. Poindexter has also conducted surveys and focus groups to give people opportunities to speak up.

“We are listening to you, making sure that we hear your voices,” Poindexter said.

Poindexter said he plans to do an audit soon to find out what it is exactly that students have been doing to work toward civility.

“People need to acknowledge others and not just their single self and their one world,” student Amber Iknea said.

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