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How to Create an Inclusive Campus

Check Your own Bias

Recognize we all have biases that affect the way we view the world and interact with others. Think about your own biases so you can keep them in check and prevent them from negatively impacting your relationships.

Understand Free Speech

USU is committed to protecting everyone’s First Amendment rights. All Aggies have the right to express their ideas and opinions regardless of their content, even if that expression may be intended to insult or offend. Free speech does not protect acts of violence or threats of harm directed at specific individuals. There is also no First Amendment right to shout down a speaker you don’t agree with.

Speak Up

Aggies value inclusion. USU is a place that welcomes and embraces diversity in race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Use your First Amendment right to express your support for all Aggies.

Organize

Host events with inclusive themes. Educate other Aggies with accurate information. Draw attention from hate by emphasizing inclusion and the benefits of diversity.

Support Other Aggies

Hate speech may be constitutionally protected, but it can still be emotionally harmful. Look out for those who are affected by hurtful speech. Use your own free speech right to call out speech that harms others. Reach out to those who are harmed and show your support, and when needed, refer them to campus resources.

Seek Help for a Bias Incident

If you experience a bias incident, please contact Michelle Bogdan-Holt, Director of the Inclusion Center. If you ever feel you are in immediate danger from the acts of another, always call 911.