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Executive Policy 15 Work Group
Free Speech Subcommittee Meeting Minutes
4/10/2018

Attendees: Berto Cerillo, Nikki Hinshaw, Kathy MacKay, Nicole Manzione, Judi McDonald, Luci Loera, Beth Blanks Hindman

Absent: Doug Yamamoto

We had a wide-ranging discussion, summarized here. The core problem seems two fold:

  • Lack of knowledge about freedom of speech
  • People feel that the institution doesn't support them; they don't feel safe

What action can WSU take to address the core problems?

  • Mission statement, but that isn't enough
  • Education on impact of speech; how to respond as engaged citizens

Actions:
We will each brainstorm FAQs on different aspects of the core problems (don't worry about the answers to the FAQs, unless you know the answer and can express it easily).

  • FAQs what is protected speech? What are examples of unprotected speech? BETH
  • FAQs controversial speakers and events LUCI
  • Free speech zones FAQs (disruption of regular business) BERTO

Where may I speak
How may I speak
What materials may I use
May I counter protest?

  • FAQ: What can I do when I am targeted? NICOLE

What constitutes targeting?

  • FAQs: it's everyone's responsibility to create a place of civil discourse NOT ASSIGNED
  • FAQ: What are WSU's values as an institution? NIKKI
  • FAQs: what are faculty rights and responsibilities with regard to free speech JUDI
  • FAQs for staff¬†¬† NOT ASSIGNED