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Across the country, universities continue to struggle with the many challenges posed by controversial speakers on their campuses.  Debate often centers around a university’s obligation to protect the right of the speaker to speak.  But even the most basic commitment to freedom of speech requires more.  It also demands that the university protect the right of the protestor to protest. Balancing these demands presents challenges and opportunities for university governance. Universities must ensure campus safety and student well-being, while at the same time facilitating the robust exchange of ideas.

How precisely does UCLA balance these interests? Is there a playbook to which administrators turn when tensions arise between freedom to speak and freedom to protest? Are there particular roles students can play to mitigate the fraught ways that protest and conventional speech collide at UCLA? Find out at this Spring’s CrossCheck Live, where a panel of student moderators will press UCLA administrators about what we must do, as a campus and a community, to protect the protestor’s right to protest and the speaker’s right to speak.

This CrossCheck Live event is open to the public.  A more intimate Salon, limited to UCLA students, will follow starting at 5:30 pm.

Presented by UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in collaboration with PEN America.  Support provided by the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

CrossCheck Live
Freedom to Protest & Freedom to Speak:

The Challenges and Opportunities for University Governance

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Pauley Pavilion Club
301 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095


  • Ernesto Arciniega, Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement, UCLA Graduate Students Association
  • Devon CarbadoAssociate Vice Chancellor for BruinX – Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Harry Pregerson Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Gadise Regassa, Ph.D. Student, Higher Education and Organizational Change, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies


  • Nora Benavidez, Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs, PEN America
  • Mick Deluca, Assistant Vice Chancellor, UCLA Campus Life
  • Nicole Green, Executive Director, UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Jerry Kang, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Distinguished Professor of Asian American Studies Korea Times – Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair, UCLA
  • Tony Lee, Chief of Police, UCLA Police Department
  • Victoria Sork, Dean of the Life Sciences Division, UCLA College of Letters and Science