Our second class of fellows capped off the 2019-2020 Fellowship Program with the release of their 10 unique research projects designed to continue the Center’s important work of helping educational institutions foster environments that protect free expression, encourage activism and promote diversity and inclusion. 

And we put their work into action. Through a series of digital workshops, fellows presented their research and findings during interactive sessions. You can watch them all below.



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

Thursday, September 24th
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
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 14th
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 22nd
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

Speech Spotlight Series

Resource Materials