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Campus Pledge of
must start within ourselves and on our campus. Each of us, members of the
_____________________________________ community, commit ourselves as best we can to
become nonviolent and peaceable people.
To Respect Self and Others
To respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism,
hateful words, physical or emotional attacks, negative peer pressure, and
self-destructive behavior, including abuse of alcohol and drugs.
To Communicate Better
To share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger
and other emotions, to work at solving problems peacefully,
and to encourage an open system of communication on campus.
To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me,
and to consider others' feelings and needs as valid as my own.
To apologize and make amends when I have hurt another,
to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.
To Respect Nature
To treat the environment and all living things with respect and care
and to work to "reduce, reuse and recycle" on campus.
To Recreate Nonviolently
To select activities and entertainment that strengthen my commitment to
nonviolence and that promote a less violent society, and to avoid social activities that
make violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.
To Be Courageous
To actively challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it,
whether at home, on campus, at work, or in the community, and to stand with others
who are treated unfairly, even if it means standing alone.
This is our pledge. These are our
goals. We will check ourselves monthly
to keep our promise to build a more peaceable campus.
"Eliminating violence, one
campus at a time, starting with our own."
Institute for Peace and Justice
475 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: (314) 918-2630 --- Fax: (314) 918-2643