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Take It On: Reading

Take It On is Xavier’s non-partisan, values-centered initiative to proactively promote better civic discourse and robust, peaceful engagement in politics.



This LibGuide was launched in 2021. More sources will be added as they become available. Have a source to share? Send it to Rachel Chrastil. We particularly welcome contributions that will help this site represent a wide variety of views.

Special thanks to Cara Pickett (Administrative Director of the CTE) and to Marcus Mescher (Theology), who contributed most of these sources. Contributors include Diana Boling, Tracey DuEst, Kristen Renzi, and Rob Warfel.

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Why It's Worth It to Engage in Dialogue

Why It's Needed


Politics & Partisanship

On the Media

Skills & Tools for Effective Dialogue


Mindfulness and Embodied Practices

Discussing Politics in the Classroom

Actions for Civic Engagement

Create Change by Building Relationships

Advocate for Change

Resources for campus advocacy

Professional organizations can be arenas for advocacy. Below are some examples.

Resources on contacting elected officials

Understand Issues

Develop Classroom Materials

Get Out the Vote--and Study the Vote

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