Universities must protect both free speech and inclusive freedom: WLU president

August 3, 2018

Universities have a key role to play not only in protecting free speech, but in promoting “better speech,” writes Wilfrid Laurier President Deborah MacLatchy​. The author writes that “it is not the role of a university to shelter students from intellectual discomfort,” yet adds that “in the face of language that threatens the humanity of our students, staff or faculty, we must continually promote better speech. This means questioning and challenging opinions with sound arguments and evidence.” For this reason, MacLatchy defends the use of alternative programming, inviting speakers to express opposing views, and/or engaging in non-violent protests as strategies that can help create an environment of inclusive freedom on campus. Globe and Mail | CBC