Freedom of speech and expression is at the heart of the academic mission of higher education. But, how do we resolve conflicts that stem from such freedom - especially when those freedoms seem to be at conflict with diversity, equity, and inclusion? This presentation will (1) review the recent work of a small but growing number of institutions who have published statements on the principles of free expression, (2) offer strategies and methodologies to guide future institutional work in this field, and (3) review an in-depth example from Stetson University's free expression task force. This session will be particularly helpful for institutions seeking to develop such statements of their own, and those who struggle to navigate intersections of speech and inclusion.
Knowledge of how other institutions have used statements of free expression to advance expression and inclusion
Understanding how an institution's public or private status affects which options are available for developing these statements
Language for resolving perceived conflicts between expression and inclusion