The President of the College of St. Scholastica has declared our focus at the College this year will be inclusive excellence. The article below can help guide our actions to be inclusive to all by treating others with dignity.
The Declaration of Dignity
By Dr. Donna Hicks
Why is there so much conflict in the world—between nations,
in our communities, at work—even in our personal lives?
I believe that so many of these struggles are about dignity;
about losing sight of the fact that we were all born worthy.
Imagine what the world would be like if we treated each other
as if we mattered—if we all valued each other’s dignity?
If we did, we would have to believe that we are all worthy of:
...having our identity accepted, no matter who we are
...recognition of our unique qualities and ways of life
...acknowledgement—to be seen, heard, and responded to
...belonging and feeling included
...freedom and independence and a life of hope and possibility
...being safe and secure
...being treated in a fair and evenhanded way
...being given the benefit of the doubt
...an apology when someone does us harm
In recognition of the importance of dignity, please join me in embracing this Declaration. We might not change the world, but we can create a more respectful way of being in it together.
Right now you have the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of your own life and lead the charge in a growing global community dedicated to making the world a better place. By entering your name on the Declaration of Dignity website, your signature will be added to the Declaration of Dignity, proudly displaying your commitment to treat yourself and others as worthy human beings who deserve fair treatment, recognition, acceptance of identity, and seven other elements which are our birthright.
Copyright © 2013 Donna Hicks • www.declaredignity.com • Photos by Michael S. Lewis, M.D.