The Center for Campus Community Engagement (CCCE) at Ohio University and University Libraries is Hosting a Deliberative Forum Titled “Your Voice and Your Rights” on Free Speech in the College Environment on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 .
Forum participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with others who may have passionately different views on this important issue. A recent Bipartisan Policy Center report, “Campus Free Expression: A New Roadmap,” states, “We have a national civics skills deficit, where colleges and universities have a critical role to play,” and calls on universities to lead by modeling and sustaining respectful and serious conversations despite profound differences. This work seeks to promote and validate our diversity of life experiences while affirming our democratic values and treating others fairly.
While the February forum will consist of invited participants, future forums will be open to everyone. Anyone interested in this issue is welcome to share their thoughts, concerns and contact details on this form.
The framework for the forum discussion topic comes from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) guide, “Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus: How Do We Foster the Campus Community We Want?” This guide outlines some perceived trade-offs around creating safe and inclusive campus environments while engaging with ideas across differences. These tensions are familiar to OHIO communities. Like most other college campuses in the United States, OHIO has seen its share of controversy, in contemporary times and historically.
In support of the University’s Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan and in the spirit of the Make Respect Visible initiative, attendees of this forum will have the opportunity to share, learn from others, and actively participate in promoting the inclusiveness of OHIO campuses.
This event was born out of a collaborative effort between the CCCE and academic libraries in which leaders from both units engaged in the initiatives of the Kettering Foundation for Democratic Practices, a learning exchange in which participants explore the using deliberative practices to foster democracy in our communities.
For more information, contact Dr. Kelly Broughton, Associate Dean of Research and Education Services.