COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri kicked off its "Show Me Respect" campaign Monday.
The school said the goal of "Show Me Respect" is to create a culture of civility at Mizzou. The campaign defines "civility" as consistently treating people with consideration and respect and valuing the culture and humanity of others.
To kick off the campaign, Mizzou is hosting the 2012 Mizzou Diversity Summit on Monday and Tuesday. The summit offers 30 free information sessions and workshops dealing with strategies to strengthen the MU identity as an environment and culture that values diversity. The summit's goal is further progress toward making Mizzou more inclusive and welcoming.
The campaign also includes the Yellow Button Project. One hundred yellow buttons have been distributed across the MU campus. As each recipient experiences an act of kindness, he or she is encouraged to pass the button along to the person who has shown kindness and respect and then to log that act online. Each button has an individual number on the back. This number will allow each button holder to track the progress of the button online.
The project aims to recognize all the thoughtful acts that are done on campus that normally go unnoticed.