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Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus: How Do We Foster the Campus Community We Want? 3 (Video Forum)

September 17, 2020 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


With The People Series

NED affiliated personal and professional development. Minnesota State is offering several opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage in practices designed to improve the functioning of our democracy during today’s polarized times.


The United States is becoming increasingly diverse and more polarized as we struggle to address complex public problems such as immigration, health care, economic inequality, and America’s role in the world. As public trust in our political system waivers, U.S. college campuses are grappling with issues of inclusion, diversity, and freedom of speech. Conversations about free speech on campus are often framed in opposition to diversity and inclusion and have spawned controversies, protests, and even violence. In 2017, a much-cited survey of more than 3,000 college students conducted by Gallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation presented diversity and inclusion as directly opposite free

speech, asking students which issues they felt were more important; 53% chose inclusion and 46% chose free speech. In today’s contentious and divided political environment, what should colleges and universities do to meet the roles and responsibilities of higher education to foster the campus community we want?

We invite Minnesota State faculty, staff, and students to join this forum to discuss options for what we should do to ensure equal justice and fair treatment in our communities, offered exclusively for Minnesota State students, faculty, and staff in partnership with the National Issues Forum Institute’s With The People initiative.

Free Resource

This is a video-based forum
A forum is a nonpartisan, moderated, interactive discussion around a central question or topic. The purpose of a deliberative forum is to listen to and talk with other participants about possible actions or solutions to the question, as well as possible drawbacks from each action.

This forum will be conducted in a virtual environment with both video and text-based interactions. You will receive a link to log into a Zoom meeting when you register. Sharing your video is encouraged by not required. Depending on the number of participants, you may be broken into discussion rooms within Zoom.

This forum will be conducted in an online, text-based platform called Common Ground for Action (CGA). You will receive connection details once registered, and do not need to download any software; CGA runs through your web browser. You will read information about the options and enter in your responses using your mouse and keyboard. You will need access to an internet connection and a way to input text. It is recommended that you use a computer (either laptop or desktop) or tablet with a separate keyboard. CGA is not designed for use on smart phones.

Forums generally last 2 hours and participants should plan to join on time and stay for the entire discussion.

RSVP Required

Use the RSVP tool below to register.

We use the email address you provide to send you a calendar invite and reminder emails as the event date gets closer.

Accommodations: If you require accommodations (live captioning, etc.) to participate in this event, please send an email to the person at the bottom of this page.


Please contact Kara Lindaman.


September 17, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM



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