Students value diversity, inclusion more than free expression: US study

March 13, 2018

Postsecondary students in the US tend to value a diverse and inclusive environment more than free speech rights when asked to choose between the two, according to a new study. Asked to select which was more important, about 53% of the students interviewed for the study picked diversity, compared to 46% who chose free speech. The study further found that roughly 61% of men favoured free speech rights more than a diverse and inclusive campus. In contrast, 64% of women favoured diversity. A slim majority of White students (52%) tended to value free speech more than diversity, while roughly 68% of Black students said that diversity was more important. Inside Higher Ed