Free Speech and Inclusion: How College Students Are Navigating Shifting Speech Norms
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For Administrators

Our tools can be implemented across an entire campus to provide students with a shared language and set of skills to navigate their differences effectively.


The Inclusion Challenge

According to a 2021 Heterodox Academy survey, 88% of students believe that colleges should "encourage students to interact respectfully with people whose beliefs differ from their own." However, 60% of students noted that they would be reluctant to discuss controversial topics on their campus.

Colleges across the country are grappling with the challenge of fostering a truly inclusive campus climate that reconciles the tensions between diversity & inclusion and open dialogue. We're here to help.


Our Solutions

Blended Learning

Our evidence-based program, Perspectives, equips students with the mindset and skills to engage constructively across differences. We also offer a version of Perspectives designed for faculty and staff, available to our campus partners. When our program is used across campuses it can aid institutions in advancing cohesive initiatives that provide everyone with a shared language and toolkit for problem-solving and managing conflict.

Student Trainings

Equip your student leaders with the ability to facilitate dialogue with their peers in cocurricular and residential living spaces and de-escalate conflicts.

Faculty & Staff Trainings

We offer live trainings for staff, faculty to support program implementation and your campus dialogue initiatives in curricular and co-curricular settings.


Our robust analytics provide insights into your campus culture, enabling you to track progress in areas like student conflict resolution and campus polarization.

Easy Implementation

Our tools can be implemented in a variety of ways across your campus.

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    First-Year Experience

    Our tools can be incorporated into various first-year experience programming, including new student orientation or first-year seminars, to set the tone for discourse on your campus and prepare students for dialogue across differences.

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    Gen-ed Courses

    Robust discussions, where students gain exposure to new ideas, are often a critical component of Gen Ed courses. Our tools and trainings support faculty in leading these discussions and equip students with the skills to engage in meaningful dialogue.

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    Center for Teaching & Learning

    We partner with centers for teaching & learning to offer trainings and resources that equip faculty with practical teaching strategies to foster dialogue in their classrooms.

Measurable Impact

Our research-backed solutions have a track record of creating meaningful impact across campuses.

of Learners Improved Communication Across Differences
of Educations Recommend

One of the greatest impediments to developing truly inclusive communities is equipping people with the capability to interact across divides… CDI served as a tangible way of helping students understand why this is important."

Dr. Ronald CrutcherPresident Emeritus, University of Richmond

I was curious to see the extent to which the students would find it useful as they’re emerging into adulthood, and the short answer is that yes, they found it very useful, very applicable, and they introduced it into class discussions."

Dr. Drew StelljesAssociate VP Student Affairs, William & Mary

Completing [Perspectives] reminded me that people have different opinions to me, and that doesn't necessarily mean they're wrong or that we can't get along. It showed me that it is possible to expand and change your opinions, and taught me some valuable skills to make sure you remain open minded."

College Student

Interested in Learning More?

Contact us to learn more about partnering to bring our suite of evidence-based resources to your campus.


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