Virtual Concern Gathering: Free Speech and The Inclusive Campus

with Brent A. Marsh, Erin Payseur Oeth, Kara Lindaman

About This Course

Ever find yourself holding back from engaging in conversation regarding a controversial issue on your campus, or even amongst those closest to you? With research data indicating a nation evermore divided by political differences, it’s no wonder why.

To assist higher education stakeholders in having conversations across difference, NASPA is partnering with the Kettering Foundation to develop campus-based resources for dialogue and deliberation within and outside of the curriculum. In the months of April through June, NASPA is offering an opportunity for you to tell us what you really think are the concerns and solutions for campuses to consider regarding controversial issues in higher education today.

The first resource that we are seeking ideas in developing is related to the topic of Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus. Through our role at NASPA, we are looking to gather data representative of the student affairs profession as a whole. All perspectives are welcomed and encouraged and no experience is necessary to participate. We invite you to take part in one of the four two-hour Virtual Concern Gathering sessions detailed below to discuss your thoughts on Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus:

  • Thursday, May 16th - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET  / Noon – 2:00 p.m. CT
  • Wednesday, May 29th - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT
  • Wednesday, June 12th - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT

Based on thoughts shared during these sessions and at a few in-person NASPA events. A team of NASPA staff and volunteers will be creating a tool to assist campuses in facilitating dialogues on campus based on the topic of free speech and inclusive campus. This resource is to release in Spring 2020.

About the Kettering Foundation:

The Kettering Foundation is a research institution invested in developing thought leadership through learning exchanges, to help answer the Foundation’s primary question: What does it take to make democracy work as it should?

About Dialogue and Deliberation:

Dialogue and Deliberation are innovative processes that help people come together across differences to tackle challenging problems and conversations. In a time of extreme political partisanship and increased conflict between religious and ethnic groups, teaching, spreading, and supporting the skills of Dialogue and Deliberation are vital (National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation).

Accessing the Presentation

You will be emailed a link to your selected sessions one day and again one hour before the presentations occur. If you register within the hour before the session takes place, please email Diana Ali at to be sent the registration link.

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