The National Institute for Civil Discourse integrates research and practice to help create a Congress and executive branch that work to solve important issues facing our country along with a media that informs and engages citizens and increases public demand for civil discourse. Founded at the University of Arizona in the wake of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Institute is served by former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton as Honorary Chairmen of its Board of Advisors. This grant would strengthen the capacity of the organization as it emerges from its recent start-up period and enable it to respond to new opportunities as they arise.
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for support of the National Institute for Civil Discourse
The University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse is a nonpartisan organization that works to promote healthy and civil political debate across political differences. The organization works with Congress, state legislatures, and citizens to bridge partisan divides and solve urgent national problems. It was founded in 2011 by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after the shooting that wounded her and killed six people at one of her constituent events. In 2019, it refocused its programming around Congress and strengthening dialogue across partisan divides between constituents and members of Congress on substantive policy issues.
for support of the National Institute of Civil Discourse
In 2011, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ "Congress on Your Corner" concluded in the tragic Tucson shooting. The University of Arizona founded the National Institute for Civil Discourse in response to address the incivility and political dysfunction that prevents Congress from functioning effectively. The institute works not only with current and future members of Congress, but also with the public and journalists who create the context within which Congress operates, to carry out this work. Through a range of integrated projects, the institute enhances the capacity of the nation to engage our differences with greater civility and respect so that Congress can more effectively address the challenges we face by passing legislation that can attract broad, cross-partisan public support.