The Center’s fellows are critical to advancing the important work of helping educational institutions foster environments that protect free expression, encourage activism and promote diversity and inclusion. At the conclusion of the annual Fellows Program, the Center is proud to host a series of digital workshops, highlighting the fellows’ research and findings through interactive sessions. You can watch them all below.



Wednesday, July 21 @ 12 PM PT (3 PM ET)
“Tweets, Threats and Censorship: Supporting Faculty through Incidents of Targeted Harassment”
Featuring: Nina M. Flores

The targeted harassment of faculty for their scholarship, teaching, and more by members of the public is an ongoing issue. 2020-21 Center fellow, Nina M. Flores, Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis of Education at California State University Long Beach spent the past year interviewing scholars who were targets of harassment by individuals, groups, and organizations. She examined campus responses, the types of formal and informal support faculty received, the implications for silencing and self-censorship, and developed a series of information and strategy sessions designed for use by individual faculty members or their institutions. In this workshop, Nina will be joined by Jonathan Graubart, Professor of political science at San Diego State University, who will share his personal experience being targeted after a social media post went viral.



Thursday, August 19 @ 12 PM PT (3 PM ET)
“Beyond Skokie: Speech in the Age of Hate”
Featuring: Ryan Coonerty

Wednesday, September 22 @ 11 AM PT (2 PM ET)
“Politics on Campus: How Political Polarization Shapes Students’ Speech and Civic Engagement”
Featuring: Nicholas Havey and Elizabeth Niehaus

October I – Date & Time TBD
“Make Your Voice Heard: Undocumented Students at UC, Free Speech, Civic and Political Engagement”
Featuring: Ernesto Arciniega

October II – Date & Time TBD
“Administrator Balancing Acts: Free Speech, Diversity and Identity”
Featuring: Cerri Banks and Jennifer Lambe




Finding Common Ground: Students, Law Enforcement and Free Speech Policies

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Featuring: Jill Dunlap & Alice Yau

Campus protests can result in a push and pull between student activists and campus law enforcement that boils over, with harm caused to both communities. 2020-21 Center fellows Jill Dunlap, Senior Director for Research, Policy, and Civic Engagement at NASPA and Alice Yau, Officer-Instructor-Trainer in the Chicago Police Department, spent the past year interviewing students and campus law enforcement around the country in order to explore how to mitigate that harm through training about free speech policies and procedures on campus.



Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities in a Virtual World: An Interactive Workshop for Faculty and Student-Facing Staff

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Led by: Lara Schwartz and Andrea Brenner

University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement 2019-2020 Fellows Lara Schwartz and Andrea Brenner presented a virtual interactive workshop focused on building college learning communities where open, respectful, and collaborative communication can flourish.

Attendees were invited to bring their course syllabi or program goals and to ask questions specific to their teaching and leading needs.

Topics included:
•Increasing commitment to community in online interactions with students
•Handling hot-button moments in virtual educational environments
•Decreasing barriers to learning through universal design
•Creating online student spaces for mutual support during the pandemic



Sex.Talk.Toolkit: A Workshop for Classroom Interaction

Thursday, October 8th, 2020
Led by: Shira Tarrant

Created by Shira Tarrant as part of her 2019-2020 Center Fellowship, Sex.Talk.Toolkit is an online resource designed to promote free speech and data-driven dialogue about sex and politics.

Throughout her interactive workshop, Shira walked participants through the highlights and possible applications to help easily incorporate of-the-moment topics into university coursework and conversation.

Learn more about Shira’s work by reading the article she penned for Playboy, “Our Country, Which Art in Panic,” on the state of sex policy in America.



Balancing Acts: New Tools to Help Student Affairs Administrators Navigate Free Speech on Campus

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Led by: Melissa Barthelemy, Jonathan Friedman and Nikita Gupta in partnership with NASPA

Student affairs professionals are often on the frontlines of free speech controversies, navigating tensions between upholding the First Amendment and academic freedom while also advancing commitments to equity, inclusion and social justice.

In partnership with NASPAMelissa BarthelemyJonathan Friedman & Nikita Gupta presented three toolkits they developed during their 2019-2020 Center Fellowship to address these issues, offering guidance for how leaders and staff can respond to situations involving outside speakers, campus protests and hateful expression on campus.



Student Organizing and Activism: Educating to Inspire Principled Action

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Led by: Spoma Jovanovic

Spoma’s workshop considered the critical skills, knowledge, and cultural values we can teach in the classroom to cultivate and support students who want to enter the political arena with principled organizing and actions. Students’ interests in moral crises have surfaced nationwide. For many, it is their first foray into civic action. Topics covered included how to use recently produced (short!) videos and discussion guides of grassroots activists to explore the bridge between academic scholarship and public debates surrounding the economic, political, racial, and cultural dimensions of public life. 

 Resources from the Workshop:

Related Resources

Fellows Program

VOICE Initiative - Valuing Open and Inclusive Conversation and Engagement

Speech Spotlight Series