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Free Speech & Inclusion on Campus: A Discussion Guide

How do we protect free expression, inclusion, and the open exchange of ideas at our colleges and universities? Everyday Americans are deeply divided along lines of political ideology and social identity, and higher education institutions now find themselves in the middle of an ongoing – and increasingly heated – debate. Using this guide, we encourage colleges and universities to examine the tensions on their campus in order to help foster the kind of learning environment and community they want.

Treat this guide as a roadmap, not a prescription, to guide conversations about free speech and inclusion. The structure is envisioned for diverse groups of 8 to 12 people – faculty, staff, students – who meet once for 2.5 hours. You can organize a large forum (led by a facilitator) with multiple small group discussions or a series of small group discussions spread out over time.

How would a campus best use this resource?
Use this guide to examine the tensions on campus in order to foster the kind of learning environment and community you want.
Learning outcomes
– Coalition partners will use this guide to structure complex conversations around free speech and inclusion on campus.

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