Human Respect

Human respect begins with you. Do you respect yourself? Treating yourself well and seeing goodness in yourself allows you to see goodness in others. Respect should be unconditional of race, culture, religion, gender, beliefs, and abilities. Do you treat people the way you want to be treated? How can you do better with this?

" It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well."

Rene Descartes

Looking Back:
A Self-Reflection

Think of a person in your life for whom you feel great respect and admiration for. Name 3 to 5 qualities they have that you admire.

Check out our worksheet.

Quiz Ideas

  • How do you treat others? Are you respectful or disrespectful? Use this quiz to find out.
  • Do you respect friends? People you don’t know? Take this quiz and see how you do.

Moving Ahead:
The Challenge

In what current and potentially future situations are you likely to feel less than fully good about yourself?

Check out our worksheet.


Campus Resources

  • Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education
    ODIME engages the Mason community in awareness and exploration of the diversity of the campus community, identity development, and global and cultural competencies. They offer services, resources, and experiences that assist students in recognizing, cultivating, and actualizing their potential to thrive and succeed and interact with people with different identities than their own and co-create an inclusive and welcoming campus environment.
  • Disability Services
    Disability Services serves all students with disabilities covered under the ADA. Under the administration of University Life, the center implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford equal access to university programs and activities.
  • Compliance, Diversity and Ethics
    The Office of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics is committed to creating a welcoming, respectful and inclusive educational environment that values integrity and a culture of shared responsibility. They promote diversity, as well as a culture of integrity.
  • Peer Empowerment Program
    PEP provides peer support to Mason’s students through drop-in support, educational programming, supportive services, and workshops. The staff consists of a diverse group of students who work collaboratively with other offices on campus to provide service to the Mason community.

Additional Resources

  • Teaching Tolerance
    Tolerance.Org is a web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center and an online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating communities that value diversity. Teaching Tolerance is published twice a year and profiles educators, schools, and programs promoting diversity and equity in inspirational and replicable ways.
  • Human Rights Watch
    Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. Human Rights watch stands with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.
  • Idealist
    Action Without Borders/Idealist.Org connects people, organizations and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Action Without Borders is independent of any government, political ideology or religious creed. Their work is guided by the common desire of members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force published a report in 2003 based on a survey that was designed to have respondents provide information about their personal campus experiences as members of the GLBT community, their perception of the climate for GLBT members of the academic community, and their perceptions of institutional actions, including administrative policies and academic initiatives regarding GLBT issues and concerns on campus.
  • National Coalition Building Institute International
    The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) is a nonprofit leadership training organization based in Washington, D.C. working to eliminate prejudice and intergroup conflict in communities throughout the world. NCBI's proactive approach begins with a corps of community leaders who are taught effective bridge-building skills to combat intergroup conflicts. The local leadership team embodies all sectors of the community, including elected officials, law enforcement officers, government workers, educators, students, business executives, labor union leaders, community activists, and religious leaders who work together as a resource team, offering prevention-oriented programs to deal with prejudice and intergroup tensions