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BUILDING UP OR TEARING DOWN

As we interact, we have the choice to either build someone up or tear them down — to honor or violate their inherent value and worth...

When dignity is honored, shaming is not an option.

When dignity is honored, workplace bullying is not an option

When dignity is honored, hazing is not an option.

When dignity is honored, sexual violence is not an option.

When dignity is honored, abuse is not an option.

When dignity is honored, discrimination is not an option.

 

When each of us is born, our glass of dignity is full.
As kids, we are full of joy and full of confidence.
We know ourselves as valuable and worthy.
There is nothing we can't or won't do.
Then, life happens.

 

We all come into the world equally valuable and worthy — and equally invaluable for our uniqueness. Regardless of background and capabilities, we share an innate need to be valued, acknowledged, listened to, treated fairly, and accepted for who we are. When we are not valued as such, we feel anger and frustration, often lashing out in exactly the wrong way to achieve the very thing we need and crave. Many of the world’s ills are rooted in this disconnect between what we need, what we do, and what we get in return. 
 
As we confront inappropriate, abusive, and even violent behaviors on our campuses, in our companies, and in our society, there is always a violation of someone's dignity at play — someone is left feeling less valuable and less worthy as a result. Each time, their glass of dignity is a little less full — they have less life, less joy, and less confidence. 
 
In every interaction, we have the choice to honor or violate someone’s dignity. We have the choice to lift someone up or tear someone down. We have the choice to empty or fill their glass.

"Many of society's current problems can be fundamentally linked to the violations of another person's dignity. We expect DignityU will be directly applicable to our mission of developing ethical leaders and expect it to specifically tackle issues related to the deterioration of civil discourse in our communities, online, and in society in general."

Fred Dobry
Director of Risk Management, Sigma Nu Fraternity

DignityU Keynote

In his powerful and inspiring keynote speech entitled Building Up or Tearing Down, Mike empowers us to make the decision in every interaction to honor the dignity of another human being.

With The Creed for Dignity (above) as his foundation, Mike uses personal stories and videos to define and create a keen awareness of dignity and its impact on others. The key take-aways from this keynote are the ten essential elements of dignity as distinguished by Dr. Donna Hicks, renowned expert on the subject and consultant to DignityU.

It is time to educate and empower ourselves — and others — to always make the right choice and honor dignity.

Crystal and Cole, the co-hosts for the DignityU online program, introduce you to "The Ten Essential Elements of Dignity" as presented in Mike's keynote.

 

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DignityU Online Facilitator Training Program

A comprehensive program designed to train you and other facilitators to have the conversation of dignity with any group.

Videos and Workshops

18 videos — including the 18-minute main video — along with three workshops of 45, 60, and 90-minute lengths, along with facilitator guides for each.

Online Facilitator Training

Located in the backend of this website is an exclusive and easy-to-digest facilitator training program along with curricula for 45, 60, and 90-minute workshops.

Social Media Elements

To support you in building awareness for and engagement in this program, we have provided social media elements including headers, memes, video clips and more.

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