Our third class of fellows is an exceptional group representing students, professors, law enforcement, local politicians and senior administrators—all of whom are tackling challenging and timely issues pertaining to expression, academic freedom and campus climate. Each fellow will spend time on one of the ten UC campuses engaging with members of the campus community.

Learn more about the 2020-2021 class of fellows and their work by watching this brief video:

Ernesto Arciniega

UCLA PhD Candidate in Hispanic Literatures, and Vice Chair of the UC Graduate and Professional Council

Research Title: “Lighting the Way for Undocumented Students at UC: Free Speech, Civic and Political Engagement”

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Cerri Banks

Vice President and Deputy to the Senior Vice President of Student Success, Syracuse University Experience Team

Research Title: “Black Administrators and Black Student Activism - Media’s Impact on Navigating Relationships and Transforming Learning”

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Cassie Barnhardt

Associate Professor, Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, University of Iowa, College of Education

Research Title: “Comparing Contemporary Campus Mobilization at Scale: Tactics, Intensity, and Media Attention”

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Ryan Coonerty

Third District Supervisor for Santa Cruz County, California and Lecturer, Legal Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Research Title: “Skokie: Free Speech and Community”

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Jill Dunlap | Alice Yau

Director for Research and Practice at NASPA – National Association of Student Personnel Administrators | Police Officer-Instructor-Trainer, Chicago Police Department

Research Title: “Mind the Gap: Administrators' Role in Reducing Tensions Between Campus Law Enforcement and Student Activists.”

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Nina M. Flores

Assistant Professor, Social and Cultural Analysis of Education, College of Education, California State University Long Beach

Research Title: “Tweets, Threats, and Censorship: Campus Resources to Support Faculty Through Incidents of Targeted Harassment”

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Nicholas Havey

UCLA Higher Education and Organizational Change PhD student

Research Title: “Are Campuses Echo Chambers? Exploring the Information Networks of Student Leaders”

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Jennifer Lambe

Associate Professor, Communication, University of Delaware

Research Title: "Best Practices for Balancing Free Speech and Diversity in Higher Education”

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Elizabeth Niehaus

Associate Professor, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Research Title: “Self-Censorship or Just Being Nice? Understanding College Students’ Moral Reasoning around Free Speech in the Classroom”

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Brian Soucek

Professor of Law, University of California, Davis

Research Title: “Institutional Values, Academic Freedom, and the First Amendment”

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