Wendt Character Initiative

Shaping Character for Lives of Purpose

Character is about excellence as a whole human being in every aspect of one’s life. It’s about being the best person one can be—being all God created us to be. Our goal is to be excellent persons:

  • People of integrity whose lives are characterized by truthfulness, honesty and stewardship;
  • People of justice who treat all people fairly, respect diversity, and practice Christian love;
  • People of compassion who live by the Golden Rule in service of others.

The Wendt Character Initiative seeks to promote a culture of character within the lives of the University of Dubuque's faculty, staff, and students, and to equip them to convey that character to those they encounter.


National Character Day is September 22, 2016

What is National Character Day?

On September 22, 2016, join hundreds of thousands of people around the globe for the third annual Character Day — a free day and global initiative where school districts, organizations, families, and congregations of all sizes screen films on the science of character development from different perspectives, dive into free printed discussion materials catered to different ages, and  join an online global conversation around the importance of developing character strengths (resilience, grit, empathy, courage, kindness)–all rooted in evidence-based research. Character Day is one day. The resources are available year-round (sponsored by Let It Ripple.org). 

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