Freedom of Speech Campaign
The Office of Communications in partnership with and under the direction of the Dean of Students Office recently collaborated on a campus-wide initiative with the goals of promoting civil discourse, raising awareness about the value of freedom of speech in an academic setting, educating about the resources available at U-M and to encourage meaningful discussion and respectful disagreement. The existing Expect Respect campaign was updated to represent this important message.
During the week of September 6, 2016, President Schlissel published a letter to the community titled “An Inalienable Forum for Discovery, Debate and Discussion” describing his stance on this issue and reminding the campus community of the values identified in the longstanding Expect Respect effort.
The campaign launched a week earlier than planned in order to respond to racially charged posters that had appeared on the U-M campus. President Schlissel hosted a conversation for the campus community at the Michigan Union on Oct. 2 to discuss this incident. The event was attended by more than 200 people including U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. Two days later, hundreds of faculty was joined by President Schlissel and Provost Martha Pollack on the Diag in taking a stand against hatred on campus. Additional campaign support included posters displayed throughout campus and made available for download, coverage in the Record and local media, social media features and student giveaways.
@UofMichigan Instagram Series
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— Dr. Mark Schlissel (@DrMarkSchlissel) October 3, 2016
— Royster Harper (@Royster_Harper) October 4, 2016