Patrick Day, VPSA San Jose State University
Andrew Morse, Ph.D., Assistant to the President for Board and Governmental Relations, University for Northern Iowa
James Williams, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice, Western Region
The work of the SSAO is constantly increasing in complexity and scope. More and more, SSAOs are responsible for navigating complex campus crises that pit stakeholder groups against one another or challenge conventional wisdom. This year, the SSAO Institute is focused on a few emergent trends. We invited national experts to share best practices on balancing First Amendment rights and controversial speakers on campus, action planning for equity and inclusion, and responding to high-risk student-organization behavior.
|Registration Rate||Late (10/16)|
|Western Regional Conference (NASPA Member)||$440|
|Western Regional Conference (Non-Member)||$620|
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In recent years, controversial speakers and incidents of hate speech have amplified discourse about the appropriate strategies to uphold First Amendment responsibilities, promote free speech and expression, and maintain the integrity of our campus’ commitments to broad inclusion. Violent protests, expensive security costs, communication crises, the threat of legal challenges, and other critical issues have fueled the debate on the appropriate set of policies and practices to assist Vice Presidents when controversial or hate speech permeates their campus’ borders. This session will address contours and latitudes of free speech principles, outline First Amendment responsibilities, and offer strategies and practices that VPSAs report as effective—and ineffective—when confronting controversial speech and expression on their campuses. A facilitated Q&A will also provide space for participants to discuss specific issues they may be navigating in their leadership roles.
The Community Relations Service, Region 9, has responded to multiple college campuses where counter protest to speakers where race, national origin and freedom of assembly were key issues. Based on the response from facilitating response at multiple campuses, participants will hear about best/better practices gleaned from the events of the past two years.
In 2017 four universities — Penn State, Florida State, Louisiana State, and Texas State University — suffered tragic student deaths due to hazing and pledging rituals. Following these incidents they each conducted comprehensive reviews of their Greek systems followed by a series of comprehensive reform initiatives. The initiatives represent important themes for Vice Presidents who are faced with responding to high-risk behavior in all forms of student organizations. What are the themes of comprehensive reform? How should vice presidents navigate the challenges that come along with reform?
The “equity why” question has been answered. Many higher education leaders can persuasively articulate the value of racial equity, yet few actually know how to talk comfortably about race, productively resolve racial conflicts, skillfully navigate racial politics with authenticity, and close gaps between students and employees from different racial/ethnic groups. In this presentation, Shaun Harper will rely on multiple data sources to confirm this. He will also describe how the USC Race and Equity Center is helping postsecondary educators and leaders achieve racial equity.