Communication is the skillful, effective, and respectful exchange of ideas with others. Nichols students develop communication skills as they are given opportunities to respond to others’ ideas with clarity and respect. Nichols students are taught to communicate in the following ways:
- They seek out and listen actively to a wide variety of opinions and perspectives.
- They contribute ideas clearly and with attention to audience across a broad range of media and in different contexts.
- They participate respectfully in open exchanges of ideas.
- They write and receive feedback on their writing frequently and learn to formulate their ideas clearly for different intended audiences.
Nichols students will be prepared—mind, body, and spirit—to listen to others with respect, to be compassionate, and to engage in debate with an open mind.
The Work it Requires
Without a shared language, we cannot assume that we are referring to the same issues when we use the same terms. Shared language is the platform on which relationship building and communication stands. Too often, work around inclusion, community, and belonging gets detoured because the same terms may have different meanings depending on who is communicating. The results can be confusion, misunderstanding and distrust.
To that end, we aspire to grow our inclusive language. Consistent with our Core Competencies, growing our inclusive language cultivates an environment where all members of our community can engage and develop, create, think and communicate meaningfully and effectively.