Higher education institutions continue to grapple with the challenges and opportunities associated with exercising academic freedom and responsibility while seeking to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive campuses. This dynamic is particularly evident in the classroom. Faculty have the benefit of academic freedom that encourages a search for deeper knowledge and understanding, and the academic responsibility to ensure that complex content is presented through inclusive pedagogy that promotes positive learning environments. This community conversation will further explore the principles and practices of academic responsibility and academic freedom, and how these are effectively exercised in a  diverse, inclusive and equitable campus community.


Tuesday, February 22, 2022
4:00–5:30 p.m. ET


Lynette Clemetson, Director of Wallace House


Naomi André, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Women's and Gender Studies; Associate Director for Faculty, Residential College; Associate Director, African Studies Center

Paul Courant, Edward M. Gramlich Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy Emeritus, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus

Sean Johnson, Assistant Professor of Astronomy and LSA Collegiate Fellow

Whitney Peoples, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School of Public Health

Kentaro Toyama, W K Kellogg Professor of Community Information and Professor of Information, School of Information


Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; the National Center for Institutional Diversity; Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs; and Debate and Democracy 2021–2022.