University of Arizona Foundation

For Support Of The National Institute Of Civil Discourse

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  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
The National Institute of Civil Discourse was founded in 2011 at the University of Arizona, in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson. The institute integrates research and practice to address the incivility and political dysfunction that prevents federal and state governments from tackling big issues facing the country. It works primarily with three groups: elected officials, the public, and journalists. It has also built a network of social science scholars from eight different disciplines to conduct research related to civility in public and political life.
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for support of the National Institute for Civil Discourse  
Bitter polarization severely limits Congress’ effectiveness. The National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) is dedicated to building Congress’ capacity to engage its political differences more constructively. Through its CommonSense American program, NICD organizes over 36,000 Americans from across the country and political spectrum into a powerful force championing bipartisan policymaking. With this general (program) support grant, NICD will continue to grow the program’s membership. Working with its bipartisan board co-chaired by Tom Daschle and Christine Todd Whitman, NICD will also continue engaging Congress with program members’ views on solutions wise enough to attract bipartisan support, including reforms that build trust in election results.
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.

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