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 Fourth Annual NC Civility Summit on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

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. The 2018 Summit hosted 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.

Summit goals and learning outcomes include:

  • promoting democratic values within our campus community
  • encouraging unity in the face of public divsiveness
  • honoring active citizenship as a daily practice and inspirational goal
  • encouraging students to creatively engage in constructive conflict
  • promoting ‘steady, loving confrontation’ (MLK’s definition of nonviolence) to promote a more just and equitable world


Ticket Information: FREE and open to the public; however tickets are required for entry. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration / NC Civility Tickets:

Workshop Session Topics:

  • Student Panel Discussion – Black Box Theater, Main Student Center
  • “Ideas to Action” Roundtable – Main Student Center 253
  • Social Change in Action: Design 4 Change – Main Student Center 307
  • Promoting Inclusive Language – Main Student Center 211

2019 Keynote Speaker: Ken Nwadike

Ken E. Nwadike, Jr. is an American documentary filmmaker, motivational speaker, and peace activist popularly known as the Free Hugs Guy. Ken is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which gained popularity as he made major news headlines for his peacekeeping efforts and de-escalation of violence during protests, riots, and political rallies. Ken was featured in Google’s 2016 Year in Search video as a highlight among some of the year’s most defining moments and he has made many appearances on news programs, including CNN, USA Today, Good Morning Britain, and BBC News.

2019 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bettina L. Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Dr. Love is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the area of Hip Hop education. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. For her work in the field, in 2016, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is the author of We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South.