AMES, Iowa – The national conversation surrounding free speech and diversity issues on college campuses will continue with a lecture at Iowa State University next week.
Mariah Watson, former student government president at the University of California, Davis and Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, will discuss First Amendment rights and the concerns of diverse populations on university campuses.
“Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity: Campus Conversation” will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The public discussion is free.
Efforts are under way to grow diversity and inclusion at Iowa State through its Principles of Community, and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion is analyzing results of the campus climate survey, for which public meetings will be planned this spring.
Watson graduated from UC Davis in 2016 and is currently a legislative aide for California state Sen. Nancy Skinner. Watson was the first student of color to serve as president of UC Davis Associated Students. She helped establish a student-oriented police review board, which has served as a model for other campuses.
Find more information on ISU lectures online or call 515-294-9935.