After the bitter 2012 presidential campaign, the need for civility in public discourse is at an all time high.
To encourage respect and combat incivility, the community initiated the second annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue.
SDSU psychology professor Maria Nieto Senour will serve as a featured panelist at the conference.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post will give the keynote address for the free event, which runs 8 a.m.-noon, Feb. 20 at the University of San Diego's Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.
The conference is a community initiative promoting greater civility in San Diego civic dialogue. It is supported by a consortium of San Diego area academic institutions and community groups including the Catfish Club of San Diego, the San Diego Community College District and the University of San Diego.
Senour joined SDSU in 1977 to become part of a team of one of the most innovative faculty groups in the country in counseling — and clearly in the forefront of multicultural counseling, the Community Based Block Program in Multicultural Counseling and Social Justice Education. She was Director of CBB for 20 years.
She previously served as Coordinator of Counselor Education at CSU San Bernardino, and as a School Counselor. Dr. Senour published the first authoritative scholarly book chapter in the country on the Psychology of the Chicana, and has since authored or co-authored publications ranging from Latino, Chicano and Mexican American mental health to the CBB as a Site of Praxis and Social Justice. Her many honors and awards include SDSU Professor of the Year, and SDSU Top 25 Award to University and Community Leaders by President Weber for Contributions to Transformational Change in San Diego.
For more information, visit the conference website.