The Culture of Respect Committee’s mission is to examine, research and offer recommendations designed to elicit important positive change at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Specifically, the committee will offer recommendations designed to cultivate a culture of respect within five focus areas that include 1) safety and wellness, 2) campus facilities, 3) history and heritage, 4) dialogue across differences and 5) the curriculum review.
With representatives from the faculty, staff, students, parents, the board of trustee, alumni and alumnae council, the committee will gather for a period of one academic year. Using an appreciative inquiry framework, the committee will synthesize and prioritize existing recommendations and develop it’s own recommendations. In conjunction with senior staff, the committee will create a process for implementing each recommendation, assign responsibility for short-term goals and develop a forward-thinking blueprint for long-term goals.