Civility, Acceptance, Understanding: Strategies for Student Expression at Employer Events
Monday, November 4, 2019
Posted by: Carol Huang
MPACE Webinar Recap
About the Author: Carol Huang is a Career Counselor/Coordinator at UC Santa Barbara. She also serves on the MPACE Professional Development & Education Committee.
As the academic year kicks off, students are re-entering campus with fresh energy and excitement – and perhaps ready to express themselves. Recently, an MPACE webinar discussed strategies to help support student expression at employer and career related events on college campuses. In case you missed it, here’s a quick overview of what it was about and some key takeaways.
Overview of the Webinar:
Joe Martinez, Student Expression & Campus Activities Coordinator at UC Davis, provided a brief explanation about the history of free speech, including the First Amendment; freedom of expression related to career centers, including the Solomon Amendment; and overview of time, place, and manner, such as providing alternative recruiting options. He provided a history of student activism from the 1960s to recognizing the issues that we see in more recent times, such as the impact of student protests on college campuses.
Ignacio Gallardo, Director of Career Services at UC Santa Barbara, shared the history of student activism at UCSB, including student protests during employer-related events and fairs. He discussed the various ways in which Career Services and administrators were alerted – including student engagement on social media and discussions with student organizations. Career Services, along with campus partners, worked together to address concerns related to student expression - including considerations related to time, place, and manner for students to express their perspectives; alternative recruiting options with employers; and how Career Services staff members could respond to deescalate incidents and develop action plans to create a safer environment.
Abra McAndrew, Assistant Vice President of Access, Engagement, & Opportunity, at University of Arizona, discussed their campus context and how their institution has historically approached border issues as well as the implications of federal and state legislative changes on their campuses. She shared a detailed timeline from an administrator-perspective of a student protest that occurred during their 2019 Spring Career Days; their process of approaching their time, place, and manner goals; and how they managed the incident. She then shared a timeline from a student-centered perspective, which provided signs that something bigger was happening in the campus and local community. Finally, she discussed the institutional/public-centered perspective which affected the campus climate overall including public communications, faculty responses, and student outcomes.
Considerations for Career Centers:
- Collaborate with the Dean of Students office and key campus constituents (e.g., legal counsel or risk management) to respond to issues related to student expression
- Continue to listen and understand student concerns related to recruitment and employer engagements
- Be proactive for staff who work in career centers and develop an action plan for future events; debrief on events when staff are impacted
- Have dialogues with employers about whether they have previously experienced disruptions
Considerations for Employers:
- Work with Career Centers to understand the students’ needs and campus climate on the college campuses that you recruit at
- Be open to various recruitment strategies while working with colleges and universities
Click here to view the recording of the “Civility, Acceptance, Understanding: Strategies for Student Expression at Employer Events” MPACE webinar.
Recording Amendment: At (48 minutes) the presenter wanted to clarify that institutions should call the police first if there is imminent risk or expressed concern about safety. Otherwise, the Dean of Students or equivalent may be the best contact for support to manage peaceful free expression and determine whether to contact police.
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