Introducing: Advancing the Mission of Higher Education in a Polarized Environment
Introducing:Advancing the Mission of Higher Education in a Polarized Environment, a one-and-a-half-day in-person institute.
The Institute will take place on October 26-27 at or near the University of California – Irvine.
Our sixth class of Fellows represents professors, staff and graduate students from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds, selected from the largest number of fellowship applications received to date.
Championing free speech and civic engagement on college campuses and preparing the next generation of leaders to embrace their role as active participants in a democratic society.
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
SpeechMatters is the official podcast of the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. The podcast features thought leaders tackling the most pressing issues impacting free expression and democracy on campus and beyond. Hosted by the Center’s Executive Director, Michelle Deutchman.