Facilitating the collaborative efforts of leaders from different aspects of the collegiate experience is the hallmark of Omicron Delta Kappa. The motives that guided our founders sprang from the desire to bring together one body for the general good of the institution and its community, leaders from all parts of the college or university to cooperate in worthwhile endeavors.
By encouraging collegiate leaders to work together on matters of shared interest, O∆K supports our members in developing an appreciation for civility, varying perspectives, contrasting strategies for problem-solving, and conflict resolution. In this contentious period of American history, now – more than ever – there is a significant need to bring together leaders with differing viewpoints, skills and talents, and resources to address campus, community, national, and global concerns.
A number of resources focused on civility and collaboration are outlined below.
Based in Charlottesville, Va., the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s CoLab is a great resource for members and individuals who have an interest in best practices in developing and sustaining collaborative efforts. This experiential learning lab is designed to build the knowledge and skill of partnership, while providing training, consulting, and resources that support nonprofits, and their community partners, in creating social change through collaboration. Omicron Delta Kappa is a CNE member institution.
This nonpartisan entity was inspired by the 2011 Tucson shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. All of the murdered or injured were attending a “Congress on Your Corner” event. In response to the tragedy, the Tucson community came together to create this organization devoted to promoting open, civil, and healthy political debate.