Colorado State University’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity hosted a free speech summit in April 2018 in partnership with the Colorado Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and in collaboration with the Colorado State University’s Office of the President.  The summit attracted about 120 participants from campuses along the Front Range from Pueblo to Wyoming. University administrators, faculty, staff and students attended sessions on topics ranging from First Amendment legal issues to proactive public relations and admissions considerations, the importance of communication among groups impacted by incidents, the role of the administration in supporting faculty in the classroom, and how faculty and staff can help targeted students. The summit also included a panel of university presidents who talked about the challenges in finding a balance between the free exchange of ideas that is part of the nature of college campuses and protecting all members of the academic community from hate speech and incidents of bias.

Tony Frank, Chancellor and President of Colorado State University, Dr. Dorothy Horrell, Chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver, and Timothy Mottet, President of Colorado State University Pueblo, participate in a pannel discussion moderated by Shannon Archibeque-Engle during the Think Tank: Free Speech Summit. April 13, 2018
Shannon Archibeque-Engle (far left) from the Colorado State University Office of the Vice President for Diversity moderated the Presidents' Panel during the Think Tank: Free Speech Summit, which featured CSU President and CSU System Chancellor Tony Frank; Dorothy Horrell, chancellor of University of Colorado Denver; and Timothy Mottet, president of CSU-Pueblo.