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Peer Pressure and the Suppression of Viewpoint Diversity on Campus

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May 10, 2023Exploring The Impact of Peer Pressure on Campus Viewpoint Diversity

Event Date: Wednesday, May 10, 4pm ET

HxA’s Campus Expression Survey shows that nearly two-thirds of students are reluctant to share their views in class, with fear of retribution from peers being the main reason why. Recent speaker shout downs at Stanford, SFSU, and SUNY Albany show how social pressure is effective in silencing dissenting views during campus events. And FIRE’s Academic Mind survey shows that a quarter of faculty self-censor in academic publications, and over half are worried about their reputation being harmed over someone misrepresenting their views.

In this live discussion with academics at all levels of the university, panelists explored how social dynamics can inhibit viewpoint diversity on college campuses. And, importantly, they discuss what faculty and campus leaders can do to foster free campus expression.

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Yan Dominic Searcy

Dean, California State University, Northridge
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Jay Van Bavel

Professor of Psychology, New York University

Kevin Wallsten

Professor of Political Science, California State University, Long Beach.
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