In this charged political environment, the cherished tradition of free expression is more critical than ever. The University of California's role is not only to protext free speech, but to guarantee it, even when many find its expression objectionable. I know that the Center is commited to upholding the values of the First Amendment.
Michael V. Drake
University of California President
The work of the University of California (UC) National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement and it’s Fellows Program played an integral role in helping us advocate for the work of senior diversity officers (SDO), including the ability to navigate challenging incidents of free expression that impact the climate and culture of universities and colleges.
Paulette Granberry Russell
J.D., President, NADOHE
I have been involved with the Center since 2019 as a member of its second fellowship cohort. I feel a consistent sense of belonging here, as a valued community member and contributor, alongside my other colleagues — and that’s hard to do when working through polarized topics such as DEIB and free speech! I always leave our gatherings feeling inspired, uncomfortable (in good ways) and curious. Thanks to the students, advocates, academics, and administrators who give life to the Center, a much needed, inviting space for responding to these challenging times.
Director of the GRIT Coaching Program at UCLA, 2019-2020 Center Fellow
The cornerstone of the Center’s annual programming is our #SpeechMatters conference which brings together students, administrators, activists, and thought leaders from around the country to discuss the most pressing issues of free speech and civic engagement on campus. Please save the date for #SpeechMatters 2023, to be held Wednesday, March 23rd, virtually from 9am-12:30pm PT | 12pm