2020 Northern Nevada Diversity Summit

How Free is Your Speech?

In response to the directive issued by the President of the University of Nevada, Reno to cancel all public or major events with planned attendance of more than 150 people to assist with the reduction of the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 Northern Nevada Diversity Summit scheduled on April 2, 2020, co-organized by the Cultural Diversity Committee and Office of Diversity & Inclusion, has been cancelled.

 The Diversity Summit offers attendees the opportunity to discover new programs and opportunities; learn about new ideas and emerging research; and network with campus and community leaders.

At a time in which hateful and incendiary speech has infiltrated most universities, students, faculty and community members at times question the extension and the interpretation that ought to be given to Freedom of Expression. This should not to mean a deterioration of constitutionally-protected, free-speech principles, but the need for more complex understandings on contents. Further, given that the legal protection of speech is not a neutral construct but one that has historically had racial/ethnic, sexuality, class, religious, political ideology and other dimensions, what it is really at stake is equality and access to participation.

Diversity Summit Goals

  • Present challenges relating to these tensions;
  • Propose potential changes and solutions;
  • Create a space for students, community members, and higher education practitioners to share resources, programs and research, as well as engage in conversation related to the topic.

Possible Areas of Discussion

  • Speech, Academic Freedom and Individual and Group Safety
  • Free Speech, Education and Public Interference
  • Microaggressions and Ideological Tensions in the Classroom or Workplace
  • White Nationalism and Hate and Bias Response Teams
  • Free Speech and Litigation
  • Hate Speech and Bystander Intervention
  • Other


  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Joe Crowley Student Union
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Desert Research Institute
  • Western Nevada College
  • Great Basin College


General parking has been designated in the West Stadium Parking Complex on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

A daily parking permit in this West Stadium Parking Complex cost is $5

Daily Permit dispensers are located on the top level of the West Stadium Parking Complex. These machines take cash and debit or credit cards.

Lunch & dinner

Meals will not be provided, but you may purchase food from any of the food vendors located in the Summit venue listed below:

  • Del Lobo Mexican Grille
  • Great Full Gardens
  • Panda Express
  • Port of Subs
  • SoHo Sushi Burrito
  • Starbucks
  • U-Swirl

Contact information

Questions about the Diversity Summit should be directed to Cheyenne Magpantay at cheyennem@unr.edu.