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 and staff so that the Stetson University community shares, learns and appreciates our shared core values. In order to support the ability for 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.

Submit a Values Day Workshop Proposal

The Values Day Planning Committee invites proposals for 75- or 150-minute workshops that align with this year’s theme. Workshops can take the form of presentations, facilitated panel discussions, activities or other formats, and can be led by an individual or a team. Most workshop blocks will be reserved for in-person workshops, though remote workshops will also be considered.

Submit a Values Day Workshop Proposal

Submission deadline: Sunday, September 25, at 11:59 p.m.

Request to join the Stetson READ

A limited number of Dr. Freeman’s book, The Power of AND, will be available for student, faculty or staff members who wish to attend the Stetson READ 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. In order to ensure robust discussion, all participants will be expected to read the book prior to attending.

Request to join the Stetson READ

Submission deadline: Sunday, September 25, at 11:59 p.m.

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. 


The full schedule is being finalized and will be published by early October. Until then, an overview of the day is available below.

  • 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)
  • 2 - 3 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
  • 2:15 - 4:45 p.m.: Workshop Block 4 (150 minutes)
  • 7 - 9 p.m.: Blues Jam Music Concert (CUB Libby Lawn)
  • 9:30 - 10:30 p.m.: Uncouth Hour (CUB Lee's Garage)

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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