Colleges and universities in the United States have always been at the forefront of political dialogue in society. In times of political and cultural upheaval in the country, they are institutions that come under fire for being politically biased toward liberal ideology. Despite the best efforts of university leaders to dismiss these claims, such perceptions are real, having resulted in growing distrust in the academy. Recognizing the gravity of this issue for higher education and the nation, this article calls for colleges to prioritize pedagogical practices that build skills in intellectual humility and ideological empathy among students. In emphasizing these cognitive skills and habits, university leaders can help students develop the capacity for civic imagination and productive engagement to address complex problems. Widespread adoption of such practices could help institutions regain public trust as places where political openness and the free exchange of ideas can flourish.


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