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HxA Member Forum: Reflecting on Florida’s University Viewpoint Diversity Assessment Legislation

Virtual July 1, 2021 Members and Affiliates Only

Last week, Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation requiring Florida’s state universities to “conduct an annual assessment of the intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity,” via “an objective, nonpartisan, and statistically valid survey…which considers the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented and members of the university community, including students, faculty, and staff, feel free to express their beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom.”

Because the statute concerns topics that are highly relevant to Heterodox Academy’s mission and to the HxA community, we hosted two informal virtual gatherings where our members and affiliates discussed the new law and its potential implications–both negative and positive–for academic freedom and viewpoint diversity.

Wednesday, June 30 | 3:00-4:15 pm ET

Hosted by Ilana Redstone, HxA’s Faculty Fellow

Thursday, July 1 | 7:00-8:15 pm ET

Hosted by Kyle Vitale, HxA’s Director of Programs

Please note, registration was limited to HxA members and affiliates. Each discussion was capped at 20 participants.

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Heterodox Academy hosts a variety of events throughout the year, ranging from panel conversations to skill-building member workshops to awards dinners. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all our events are currently taking place virtually. HxA also strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable individuals to engage fully.

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