Institute Co-founder Honored by SCLC


HOUSTON–Institute for Civility President & Co-founder Cassandra Dahnke received the SCLC Civic Engagement Award on July 22. The Leadership Conference cited the Institute’s work to promote civility, teach civility skills, and create opportunities for people to put those skills into practice through real-life civic engagement. In particular, the Leadership Conference commended the Institute’s work to bring Congressional Student Forums to university campuses and Student Legislative Seminars to Washington, DC.

Since its founding in 1997, the Institute has held more than 20 Congressional Student Forums with members of Congress at colleges and universities across the country. The Institute has also led dozens of Students Legislative Seminars for high school students from across the country.

About the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference traces its origins to the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s, and was founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, Rev. C. K. Steele, and others. The SCLC is a nonprofit, non-sectarian, inter-faith, advocacy organization that is committed to nonviolent action to achieve social, economic, and political justice. Now a nationwide organization, the SCLC consists of chapters and affiliates throughout the country with programs that affect the lives of all Americans: north, south, east, and west.

About the Institute for Civility

Since 1997, the Institute for Civility has been working to promote civility—in government, workplaces, schools, and anywhere people gather to live, learn, work, and play. Learn more at

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