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Choose Civility

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Institutional Equity and Diversity
Ava Morton
Program Coordinator, Diversity Institute
La Plata Campus, Room CC 208

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9 Tools of Civility

  1. Think the Best
  2. Listen
  3. Be Inclusive
  4. Respect others Opinions
  5. Refrain from Idle Complaints
  6. Pay Attention
  7. Acknowledge Others
  8. Speak Kindly
  9. Apologize Earnestly

These nine rules are taken from Dr. P.M. Forni's book Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct' published in 2002.

Choose Civility

Choose Civility is an ongoing community-wide initiative to position Southern Maryland as a model of civility. The Choose Civility project intends to enhance respect, empathy, consideration, and tolerance in our community. We invite all within our community, as well as other communities around the region, to participate.


The Diversity Institute serves as a principal organization in Southern Maryland and represents the Collegeís and the Charles County Government's commitment to providing enrichment in the areas of cultural diversity and multicultural understanding for the communities it serves. The Choose Civility campaign is aimed at helping those who live and work in Southern Maryland be mindful of ways to interact with mutual respect regardless of person and choose to be models of civil behavior.


We choose respect, courtesy, empathy, and tolerance as our fundamental values, enhancing the community's quality of life.

Tools of Civility

The Diversity Institute at the College of Southern Maryland identifies with the Choose Civility initiative that was first launched by the Howard County Library System in 2006 as it clearly ties to the Diversity Institute mission of promoting respectful, open and honest interactions among people and communities of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and philosophical ideologies.

While the Choose Civility initiative was inspired by Dr. P.M. Forniís Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct. Choose Civility Southern Maryland has chosen to promote 9 of his rules as our tools, which will guide ideas within the Southern Maryland community. These tools are listed in the column to the right.