AzCPA Professional Practice Exchange

Friday, June 23, 2017

James E. Rogers College of Law
1201 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85721

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Breakfast and Check-in Lewis
Roca Rothegerber Christie Lobby

9:20 am – 10:10 am

Keynote:  The First Amendment in the Digital Age
Facilitator: Dr. Lee Bird, PhD, Oklahoma State University - Stillwater
Room 118

This keynote provides foundational ​information regarding prohibited speech categories and forum analysis which form the foundation for addressing First Amendment challenges in the digital age. An overview of adjudication trends involving the internet and social media will be provided as well as a sample of high-profile First Amendment challenges facing higher education.  

10:20 am – 11:10 am

Creating Environments of Civility
Facilitator:  Mark Sanders, MA, Arizona State University
Facilitator:  Melanie (MJ) Anderson, Arizona State University
Room 118

Communication skills are building blocks for creating thriving, inclusive, and academically engaged communities. But not everyone comes to campus prepared for meaningful dialogue. This roundtable discussion will focus on sharing campus and departmental initiatives and ideas to enhance academic environments by promoting civility and respect. Come prepared to share and learn from each other.

11:20 am – 12:10 pm

Correct Response or Over-Correction?
Facilitator: Lance Watson, MEd, University of Kansas
Room 118

Continuing the conversation from the CIHE symposium, Lance Watson will engage attendees in a discussion about bias response teams. Bias Response Teams exist on hundreds of University campuses. Although the responsibilities and authority of teams are institution specific most teams seek to prevent, respond to, and remediate alleged bias incidents and infractions.  The call for institutions to combat bias and provide spaces which support all students has grown louder in recent years. Voices critical of bias response teams have also increased citing concerns of chilling effects on speech, in and out of classrooms, and detrimental impacts on student maturation and learning and academic research. 

 

12:30 pm – 1:20 pm Lunch and Discussion
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm

Creative Opportunities for Addressing Issues of Free Speech
Facilitator: Jesús Treviño, PhD, University of Arizona
Room 118

Campus crises related to issues of free speech can be opportunities for engaging in more speech and expression, teaching students about civil disobedience, promoting respect for individual rights, and minimizing large scale disruption to campus’ educational missions.  This roundtable will be an opportunity to discuss creative ways for faculty, staff, and students to promote free expression.