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FREE SPEECH 32: “Safe Spaces Got Me Through College” How Universities Can Guarantee Free Speech While Being Inclusive

With Cameron Okeke

Universities depend on the participation and inclusion of all voices and viewpoints to arrive at the truth. In 2017, Cameron published a widely discussed essay, “I’m a black UChicago graduate. Safe spaces got me through college.” He wrote his editorial in response to the University of Chicago’s equally widely discussed letter to its incoming freshmen class that there would be no safe spaces, no trigger warnings, and no limits of offensive content at the university for anyone. Cameron explains his position and offers some thoughtful advice on how to include students from all backgrounds in difficult and confronting conversations in honest and productive ways, without shying away from controversy. Cameron now works at the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., after receiving an M.B.E. degree at Johns Hopkins University.