In the aftermath of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, a caring and compassionate community was revealed to the world. Students, faculty, staff, and community members were caring actively.
Then, we set out to build compassionate campus communities beyond Virginia Tech.
What have we learned?
- Kindness builds community, but these acts fade away without recognition
- Recognition encourages kindness, but physical and mental barriers stop the recognition of others
- Scientific research can teach us about kindness, barriers, and much more
We started a research-based organization, the COR Foundation.
a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, which translates scientific research into school-based youth programs and research-based practices for school personnel to facilitate prosocial development and reduce violence in K-12 schools and higher education
Why is our name "COR"?
It is derived from the Latin root “Cor” (heart) -- “to say it with all the heart; to be sincere.”
Sincere, genuine caring for others is the ultimate level of student prosocial competence
We use COR as a variation of CORE, which has applications across fields: computers and technology, media, science and academics. For us, COR refers to an adaptable framework that can be customized to meet others' needs most effectively.