DONNA HICKS, Ph.D.
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Dignity is our inherent worth and value.
In every interaction we have the choice to honor or violate someone’s dignity.
The need has never been more urgent for people to be educated in all matters related to dignity — both the human vulnerability to being violated and the remarkable effect on people when they feel that they are seen, heard, understood, and acknowledged as worthy. — Donna Hicks, Ph.D.
Nine years ago, 40 national fraternity and sorority groups joined together, under the direction of Mike Dilbeck, as the Greek Video Consortium (GVC) to produce what has become one of the most powerful and effective video educational programs in recent years: RESPONSE ABILITY: A Call for Courage. This message brought the opportunity of bystander intervention to this community and is still alive and real today with organizations and institutions using it in their programming. Along with the 40 sponsors, there are now over 500 trained and certified facilitators, 250 schools using the videos, and over 300 keynotes presented. RA received the 2009 Laurel Wreath Award from the NIC, the FEA Fellow Award, and two International Telly Awards.
Back in 1993, 24 years ago, Mike founded the GVC to allow multiple fraternities and sororities to join forces and produce educational video programs on issues common to all organizations. Since that time, the GVC has produced RESPONSE ABILITY, along with: Risky Business; Gender War/Gender Peace; FRIENDLY FIRE: Friends Hazing Friends; and GET REAL: Thinking About Drinking.
Many are now asking, “What’s next?” We are excited to announce the development of the 6th production of the GVC – RESPONSE ABILITY: The Dignity Project (working title). This will be a separate project under the RESPONSE ABILITY brand and will champion a value that can solve most of our behavioral problems: human dignity. When people act with dignity in their own behavior and treat others as having dignity, acts of conflict or degradation are avoided. Dignity is a value we should demand in every interaction to effect positive change in our community.
We are committed to bringing this conversation around dignity to the fraternity and sorority community with a compelling, engaging and empowering program – not one that will point fingers at our members but one that will have our leadership and our members consider dignity as an essential value in life and one that is to be always honored and respected.
This project is based on the brilliant work by Dr. Donna Hicks from Harvard University. Not only did Donna author the best-selling book, Dignity, she has also collaborated with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the BBC show, Facing the Truth. Dr. Hicks has agreed to serve as the expert consultant for this project.
For the complete treatment (concept/design) and rough script, click here.
PROPOSED LEARNING OUTCOMES & DELIVERABLES
The participants of this program will…
- Identify how dignity impacts their own personal thoughts and actions — in life and in their respective organizations.
- Distinguish the essential elements of dignity; along with the ways we violate them.
- Leave with ways to intervene against personal violations of someone’s dignity.
- Recognize the difference made by respecting the dignity of others, especially in the fulfillment of what we promise our members.
These outcomes will be achieved…
- Through a powerful and comprehensive awareness campaign that provides:
- Embedded video links of short video vignettes on dignity
- Plug-n-play posts for all social media platforms
- Suggested timeline for campaign and all components
- Suggested incentives for participation
- Through an online train-the-trainer program for volunteers/advisors to provide the context and education on facilitating a program for participants:
- Full curriculum and timeline for a participant program
- Condensed and expanded facilitator guides
- PowerPoint presentation – branded for your organization
- Through a 10-12 minute main video program.
DO YOU HAVE A DIGNITY STORY TO SHARE?
If your dignity has been violated by others — or if see that you have violated other’s dignity — we would love to hear your story and possibly feature it in this project. Want more information? Click here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Mike recently began reaching out to some of his key advisors and mentors to seek answers to two questions: (1) Is there an appetite for a new GVC project?; and (2) If so, what should the topic be? This group consisted of fraternity and sorority staff members and national presidents. The unanimous answer to question #1 was YES! We then began exploring topics. Mike did a non-scientific poll on Facebook in the NASPA Fraternity/Sorority Knowledge Community to get people’s feeling on possible topics. This poll had various results but there was a topic that captured most of the answers. Through much conversation and soul-searching, the topic of “dignity” just seemed right. The more Mike researched and had follow-up conversations with others, we became absolutely convinced this is the topic that gives us the best opportunity to introduce and/or elevate a conversation to address many of our problems AND give our members an opportunity to transform their perspectives in life. Finally, the initial program for RESPONSE ABILITY allowed us to see how we do or do not intervene in problem situations others are initiating — this new project will allow us all to look in the mirror at ourselves and how we do or do not intervene in our own behaviors towards others.
For more on this question, visit Mike’s recent blog post here.
Who is the target audience for this project?
At this time, we see the primary audience being collegiate members. However, we also project that the same thing will happen for this project as it did for the initial message of RESPONSE ABILITY: any human being will benefit from this message. While we will honor our primary audience and the place they are in life, we will also keep in mind how we can present this message with a broader appeal to people outside of this audience.
What research, writings, and/or expertise will this project be based on?
Mike is still doing the work to find any and all research and publications on this topic. Mike has been captivated by the book written by Donna Hicks, Ph.D., “Dignity.” This book has literally changed his life and allowed him to look at how he treats others and honor their dignity — or not. We are very honored that Dr. Donna Hicks has agreed to be our expert consultant for this project and she will be involved in the content development.
Will this project have a political edge to it?
No. We, as the GVC, will do our part in making sure that this project does not take a political tone in any way. With that said, however, and in today’s climate this will be rather difficult since almost anything can be made into a political matter. As a participating member of this project, you will be able to help monitor this and ensure that we fulfill this commitment. It is our position that dignity is, in fact, a cure for our polarized society.
What do I do if I have a question not answered here?
No problem – just reach out to Mike directly by filling out the form below. He is available to answer your questions and even talk through his vision for this project. He has had conversations with several groups already and it made the difference in them joining the GVC for this project.
What do I do if I want my organization to be a sponsor?