Achieving an environment of uncompromising respect that clearly articulates the processes required to build a culture of a zero tolerance philosophy for unprofessional, harassing, or disrespectful behaviors is the primary focus of a new GRU initiative. The initiative, Healthy Respect Project, received final approval from university leadership and Deans from the nine colleges by the signing of a charter.
“This is a historic moment. This has been a well-planned, evidenced- based process,” said Kent Guion, Vice President of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Healthy Respect, an enterprise-wide educational and awareness project, underwent a ten-month process to ensure its alignment with GRU’s Transformation 2020 strategic priorities. The project’s outcomes include a community that is characterized by respect and professionalism, of more respectful and professional individuals; a decrease in absenteeism, turnover, and time lost in productivity resulting from disruptive behaviors; and increased policies and procedures that promote a culture of civility.
“We really want this to be an embraceable project and to receive participation throughout the enterprise,” said Guion.
As the initiative continues to take shape, the next step in the process is to create sub-committees to assist with implementing the project. According to Guion, the committees also will look for expanded faculty, staff, student, and employee involvement.
The Healthy Respect project will be coordinated through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and will consist of a broad-based core team of staff, faculty, and students charged with implementing the initiative.