March 23-31, 2017
Examining Freedom of Speech at App State

Staff Connect

A reception for Appalachian staff and book signing with Dr. Lee Bird, special guest
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 / 4:00pm-6:00pm
417 Plemmons Student Union (Beacon Heights)
Free event

Hosted by Chancellor Everts, Staff Connect brings together members of Appalachian’s staff from across campus once each month for a social event that offers opportunities to make and build professional relationships beyond the boundaries of departments or previously established professional ties. This relaxed environment serves as a place for staff to network, meet others, learn of professional opportunities, share expertise and exchange ideas.

SPA, EPA and Non-student temporary staff are encouraged to attend. Refreshments are served.

This month, we welcome special guest Dr. Lee Bird from Oklahoma State University-Stillwater.

Dr. Lee Bird

Dr. Lee Bird is vice president for student affairs at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater and leads numerous functional areas, including the Student Union, Campus Life, University Counseling, University Health Services, Career Services, Dining, Residential Life and the Department of Wellness. An adjunct professor in OSU’s student development graduate program, she has worked in some aspect of student affairs for 36 years.

Bird served as president of the National Board of Directors for the Association of Student Judicial Affairs (now ASCA) and co-authored The First Amendment on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Administrators (2006), published by NASPA. She has also authored and co-authored several book chapters on responding to emergencies and the First Amendment in the digital age. For her work with the association, Bird received both the Donald D. Gehring Award and the Parker D. Young Award.

Bird served on the University of Vermont’s board of advisors for the Legal Issues in Higher Education conference for over a decade, and is former vice president of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. She is a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars in recognition of her work in Chinese higher education, and serves as the chair of the OSU Behavioral Consultation Team. She is a FEMA, CERT and Incident Command Instructor trainer.

Bird serves on a number of civic and professional boards including the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Council on Student Affairs and the Campus Safety and Security Task Force, Central Oklahoma American Red Cross board and Stillwater Medical Center Foundation board. She consults and speaks regularly on topics such as student development, student conduct, campus threat assessment and crisis management, and the First Amendment rights of students. Bird earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State

Appalachian State University, like universities across the nation, is faced with the challenge of balancing a respect for and obligation to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution with an institutional culture of respect for thought, belief and community.

  • When members of our community express themselves in ways that belittle or degrade others, how do we address these actions?
  • When members of our community view expressions of speech as threats, how do we ensure their safety?
  • How can we protect freedom of speech and thought for all members of our community?
  • Can we – or should we – use policy to address these matters?

Through a weeklong series of conversations, panel discussions, speeches and forums with experts in the field, our community will explore these questions, and others.

Join the conversations!

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