“Viewpoint Diversity” Law: What It Means For Your School

with
Dr. Jim Castagnera
On-Demand
$99.00
Training Includes:
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
  • An on-demand recording will be available after the live presentation.

Educational law expert Dr. Jim Castagnera will use Florida House Bill 233 as a jumping-off point to lead an engaging discussion in the fascinating matter of viewpoint diversity and academic freedom. You will learn what effect the new law may have on your institution, how similar legislation is forming in other jurisdictions, and what steps you should take now to ensure your institution fulfills its constitutional obligations.

Topics Covered

  • What are free-speech rights under the 1st and 14th Amendments?
  • What is the role of academic freedom? What are its limitations?
  • How has the Supreme Court decided related cases?
  • How will Florida implement House Bill 233? What impact will it have?
  • What are other states doing to protect or curtail academic freedom?
  • How are colleges and universities enhancing or limiting diverse discourse?

Training Overview

Does your school have viewpoint diversity? Learn how a new Florida law will affect higher education institutions across the United States.

On June 22, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law requiring the faculty and students at public colleges and universities in the state to participate in a survey to assess “viewpoint diversity” and “intellectual freedom.” The governor has suggested that budget cuts could be the penalties for schools caught practicing “indoctrination.”

This law rekindles the discussion regarding free speech in higher education institutions across the country. Even if your institution is not in Florida, now is an ideal time to consider if it promotes a particular political bias or, conversely, encourages students and faculty to consistently “feel free to express beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom.”

  • What are free-speech rights under the 1st and 14th Amendments?
  • What is the role of academic freedom? What are its limitations?
  • How has the Supreme Court decided related cases?
  • How will Florida implement House Bill 233? What impact will it have?
  • What are other states doing to protect or curtail academic freedom?
  • How are colleges and universities enhancing or limiting diverse discourse?

Who Should Attend?

  • Higher education administrators

  • Human resources professionals

  • Provosts

  • Deans

  • Academic department chairs

  • Diversity and equity officers

  • Title IX coordinators

  • Faculty

  • Legal counsel

Expert Presenter

Dr. Jim Castagnera

  • Member and the Chief Consultant of Holland Media Services LLC, a communications and training company with offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles
  • Member of Portum Group International LLC, a cybersecurity and privacy consulting firm in Philadelphia
  • Of Counsel to Washington International Business Counsel
  • Adjunct Professor of Law in the Kline School of Law at Drexel University
  • 10 years as a labor, employment, and intellectual-property attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • 23 years as associate provost and legal counsel for academic affairs at Rider University
  • Holds an M.A. in Journalism from Kent State University
  • J.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University

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