Amid Midterm Elections, Utah Organization Tries To Encourage Dignity – Cache Valley Daily


Tami Pyfer

LOGAN – Cache Valley native and former education adviser to former Governor Herbert, Tami Pyfer, returned to KVNU’s For the People program last week.

She is a member of the team behind the Dignity Index, which is an eight-week pilot program with a dignity scale ranking system, the aim being to raise awareness about how people talk to each other, especially in the political field.

Pyfer said one of the things they wanted to do with it was start a conversation.

“And I think we’ve done that, I think we’ve started a conversation and when you see people who are really hanging on to it, who are really motivated and touched by it, and when you see people who are defensive and skeptical, everything is finewe started a conversation.
Pyfer said their goal is to take that conversation to the next level where they get people thinking.

“The incidents that are in the news right now with Nancy Pelosi’s husband really highlight the need for us to watch our language, because it’s that language of violence, humiliation and belittlement and ‘we are better than these people”. In fact one of the points on the scale of dignity…when you fall on the side of contempt – 3 or 2, at 2 it’s ‘these people are evil and a danger to all we valuethey’re going to ruin us if we let them, it’s us or them’”.

She said she thinks people just don’t realize how much language can lead to these acts of violence. You can read more about this at

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Aubrey L. Morgan