Values Day

Values Day 2022 is taking place on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, and this year's theme is “Engaged Citizenship: A day of reflection and action focusing on the question of what it means to be an engaged citizen.

Values Day is an annual tradition established by Stetson University's eighth president, H. Douglas Lee, and is dedicated to the university's core values: personal growth, intellectual development, global citizenship, and personal and social responsibility.

Values Day is designed to continue the dialogue between students, faculty, staff, and community members so that the Stetson University community reflects and acts upon our shared core values. To allow the entire Stetson University community to attend, the university cancels classes and closes offices, with the exception of evening graduate classes. The entire community is expected to participate in this day of reflection, community, and action.

Join the Stetson R.E.A.D.

A limited number of Dr. Freeman’s book, The Power of And: Responsible Business Without Trade-Offs, are available at the Library front desk for students, faculty or staff who wish to attend the Stetson R.E.A.D. happening from 2:15 - 4 p.m. on Values Day. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the book with Dr. Freeman while enjoying food and refreshments, with conversation facilitated by Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown and Dr. John Tichenor. Attendance is welcomed - even if you have the book but haven't finished reading it - though seating will be limited to ensure effective dialogue. 

Values Day Keynote Speaker Announced

The Values Day Planning Committee is excited to announce that Dr. Ed Freeman will be the keynote speaker for Values Day on Tuesday, October 18, at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Freeman is an internationally-recognized business ethicist and author of The Power of And: Responsible Business Without Trade-Offs, and he will explore the topic of citizenship through business and ethical lenses. Cultural Credit will be available. 


An abridged version of the schedule is below. For the full schedule, including workshop descriptions, times, and locations, visit this page.

  • 9 - 10:15 a.m.: Workshop Block 1  
  • 10:30 a.m. - Noon: Keynote Address (Elizabeth Hall Lee Chapel)
  • Noon - 2 p.m.: Global Citizenship Fair (Stetson Green)
  • Noon - 2 p.m.: Community Lunch (Commons)
  • 2 - 2:30 p.m.: Citizenship & Naturalization Ceremony (Elizabeth Hall Lee Chapel)
  • 2:15 - 4 p.m.: Stetson R.E.A.D. Launch (CUB Stetson Room)
  • 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.: Workshop Block 2
  • 3:45 - 5 p.m.: Workshop Block 3
  • 7 - 9 p.m.: Blues Jam Music Concert (CUB Libby Lawn)

A Look Back on Values Day 2021

Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, and author of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, delivered the keynote address for Values Day 2021.

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