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Free Speech, Hate Speech, and the Future of Campus Community at the University of Minnesota

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From April 9-10, the University of Minnesota and PEN America will co-sponsor “Free Speech, Hate Speech, and the Future of Campus Community at the University of Minnesota” – a two-day series of workshops exploring issues of the First Amendment, unfettered expression, and their interplay with efforts to foster greater inclusion at UMN.

Each workshop will run for two hours, and will be completely open to any and all UMN students, faculty, and administrators who would like to participate. In each session, participants will build upon ongoing campus conversations regarding how concepts of free speech, diversity, and inclusion apply to UMN’s unique campus context, as both a public university with First Amendment obligations and as a home for learning and diverse political and cultural identities. Food and refreshments will be served.

The workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Roger Worthington, Professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education at the University of Maryland, and Executive Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education.

Tuesday, April 9
9—11am
Mississippi Room, Student Union

4—6pm
Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Wednesday, April 10
10am—12pm
President’s Room, Student Union

Please register here.


Roger WorthingtonRoger Worthington became Interim Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Maryland on July 6, 2017. He is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education where he served as chair from August 1, 2014 until July 5, 2017. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education at the University of Maryland, and the outgoing editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Dr. Worthington has taught courses to undergraduate and graduate students on ethics and law for professional psychology, counseling and interpersonal skills, research design, measurement, multicultural counseling, and difficult dialogues. He is a nationally recognized scholar and higher education consultant on issues of diversity in counseling and education. He has won numerous awards for academic, service, and teaching excellence. Prior to arriving at UMD, Dr. Worthington was a professor at the University of Missouri (1997-2014) with a joint appointment in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. His first faculty appointment was at Boston College (1994-1997). He received his doctorate in counseling psychology in 1995 from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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