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Division of Academic Affairs

Message from the Provost

Brian Jersky

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a message to the campus community regarding the removal of unauthorized flyers that had been posted on various campus buildings by an external organization associated with white supremacy. The flyers were removed because the group did not follow the university's policy on posting materials on campus, not because of their content.

In my message I noted that CSULB’s commitment to free speech includes tolerating a wide array of viewpoints and belief systems. Due to this recent event, I thought it would be appropriate to share a link to a page on the First Amendment, which provides an excellent overview of what the law protects.

Naturally, it goes without saying that the rights that we enjoy as Americans to express ourselves freely, in terms of the First Amendment, do not preclude debate, argument or other forms of speech by others which may be diametrically opposed to our views. It is precisely this exchange of ideas which free speech envisages.

This week, I look forward to welcoming CSU Executive Vice Chancellor Loren Blanchard to the university on Friday. The system’s leading academic affairs official will be meeting with leadership teams from Academic Affairs, Academic Senate and Student Affairs in the morning. Then, after lunch, he will have the chance to interact with students and see some of the campus’ student research before meeting with the Graduation Initiative Team and President Conoley.

Also, I recently attended the 2017 CSU Academic Conference and Retreat, hosted by CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White at San Diego State University and organized by the statewide CSU Academic Senate. This year’s theme was “Closing the Achievement Gap.”

The conference brought together members of the CSU Board of Trustees, administrative, faculty and student leaders from the CSU campuses, system administrators, state legislators and others for a formal and informal dialogue, reflection, creative strategizing and long-term planning. The event included a pair of keynote addresses—one by Diane Ravitch, the nation’s leading advocate for public education, and the other by Tia Brown McNair, vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Student Success for the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

I appreciated the opportunity to participate in the various discussions and debate ideas surrounding the CSU’s achievement gap and how to improve it. It was both interesting and informative.

Finally, recent discussions in the Academic Senate and with the president support the view that we should go forward with a scientific survey of our campus climate, including thoughts and feelings about ethnic studies. The previous ethnic studies survey, although useful, was a convenience sample (non-scientific). This survey will be available later this semester or early next semester. Please be on the lookout for it.

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