Values in Action Committee (VIA)

Values in Action (VIA) is a sub-committee of the Methodist College Campus of Care initiative. 

Purpose of the Values in Action Committee

To advocate for a campus atmosphere that supports the Methodist College values of human dignity, inquiry, integrity, and social justice. The committee will actively foster ongoing communication and collaboration among Methodist College stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, and administration, regarding strategies to assess, develop, and sustain an institution-wide climate that is conducive to teaching, learning, and living by our values.

This committee is co-chaired by a staff member (currently Deb Disney) and a faculty member (currently Lisa Preston). The co-chairs will rotate off in staggered years. VIA members represent every department of the college and will rotate off every two years. Currently, the members are as follows:
Current members of Values in Action:

1. Debra Disney, Chair (staff)  
2. Lisa Preston, Chair (faculty)  
3. Corey Campbell 
4. Ginny Fletcher 
5. Dr. Garrison
6. Lisa Gillespie
7. Rachel Harmon 
8. Dr. Terence Hodges
9. Danielle McCoy  
10. Dr. Lirim Neziroski  
11. Michelle Nielsen Ott  
12. Nancy Rebholz 
13. Clara Sanders
14. Hannah Schulte
16. Melissa Williams

History of VIA initiatives

2013 Fall Creation of VIA
2014 Spring Campus-wide survey of climate, using Clark's Civility Index
2014 - 2015 Presentations to offer tools in areas of stress management, assertive communication, gossip, and conflict management. 

Giving Voice to Values (GVV)*

2017 Fall 

  • Networked with ELT, SLT, Faculty to garner buy-in for the GVV project
  • Created the video to communicate the project to faculty/staff and create enthusiasm for "Pizza with a Purpose"
  • Gathered culture data at "Pizza with a Purpose" in December  
  • Created GVV scenarios for training purposes, intentionally tying them to MC values of Integrity, Inquiry, Human Dignity, and Social Justice, as well as tying them to commonly experienced situations that can create conflict

2018 Spring

  • January - All day visit with Dr. Gentile, author of Giving Voice to Values, to introduce the campus constituents to this protocol that is recognized world-wide for excellence
  • Analyzed the data from "Pizza with a Purpose" and found themes
  • Library events; book discussion groups
  • April - All day visit with Dr. Gentile to "Train the Trainers" - SLT and VIA  

2018 Summer

  • Started offering "Potluck with a Purpose" sessions to offer GVV training
  • Posted the peer-coaching worksheet on the website for employees to use
  • You can download this worksheet HERE  (Word Document)
  • Posted training information on the I: drive for VIA trainers to use

Giving Voice to Values (GVV) is an innovative approach to values-driven leadership development in business education and the workplace. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis, the Giving Voice to Values (GVV) curriculum focuses on ethical implementation and asks the questions: "What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?"

Piloted in nearly 1,000 schools, companies and other organizations on all seven continents, the Giving Voice to Values curriculum offers practical exercises, cases, modules, scripts and teaching plans for handling a wide range of ethical conflicts in the workplace. (www.darden.virginia.edu/ibis/initiatives/giving-voice-to-values/)