NC Civility Summit

Student Involvement and Leadership, in collaboration with the Student Activities Board, Student Government Association, Black Student Union, Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Intercultural Affairs, Off-Campus Student Services, NC Civil and Pitt County Community College, will host the Third Annual NC Civility Summit on February 17, 2018.

The program is aimed at promoting understanding and positive change on East Carolina University’s campus and beyond. The 2016 Summit featured a keynote by Opal Tometi, executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Ndaba Mandela, grandson of the late Nelson Mandela and co-founder and co-chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation opened the 2017 event. This year the keynote speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Arnold, physician, cancer survivor, and star of “The Little Couple”.

In addition to the keynote speech, the Civility Summit provides opportunities for student, faculty, staff, and community member attendees from the state and region to engage in conversations about civility and how it intersects with topics such as activism, race, politics, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and global affairs. The over-arching goal of the event is for these conversations to fuel participants’ desires to make changes in themselves which would aid their work in becoming positive change agents.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018 – 11AM to 4PM

11am to 12:15pm – Opening / Debate / Q&A
12:30pm to 1:30pm – Breakout Sessions – Various Locations (MSC 244, 221, Great Rms 1 & 3)
1:30pm to 2:30pm – Break / Lunch – Great Room 2
2:30pm to 3:30pm – Breakout Sessions – Various Locations (MSC 244, 221, Great Rms 1 & 3)
3:30pm to 4:00pm – Closing – Hendrix

Ticket Information: FREE and open to the public; however tickets are required for entry. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.
CLICK HERE for Registration / NC Civility Tickets

Session Topics: DACA/The Dream Act, the Politics of Sports, Climate Change?, and Language Ownership.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Arnold
Dr. Arnold and her family star in the TLC Network hit docu-drama, “The Little Couple”, which follows her personal and professional life. In addition, she has spent the last eight years involved in healthcare simulation education. Arnold is currently the medical director of the Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

In 2013, upon the adoption of the couple’s second child, Dr. Arnold was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. Through the support of family, friends and her fans, she underwent intense treatments and is currently cancer-free. Now as a cancer survivor Arnold is an advocate for spreading cancer awareness, supporting those on the road to recovery and engaging all others with her inspiring story of survivorship.