On-Campus Protests: How to Maintain Order & Promote Civil Discourse (EDU219B)

Presented By: Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
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7 Evidence-Based Methods To Stop Fighting and Start Talking

Today’s students are politically and culturally engaged. Emotions are running high. And the number of protests and demonstrations you can expect to see on your campus is only expected to rise. That’s why it’s critical to recognize and head off the factors that lead to tension and violence among students, staff, faculty, and community members.

Instead, aim to turn conflict into civil discourse. In this live webinar, education consultant Aaron W. Hughey reveals evidence-based best practices for approaching campus controversies and de-escalating both individual and group emotional responses. Hughey will lead you through seven proven strategies for promoting non-threatening and productive dialogue. He’ll also explain how you can make constructive use of both the positive and negative emotions on display.

After attending this session, you will understand the nature of political and social conflict on the today’s college campus—including the role biases play in thwarting healthy debate. You’ll also be able to recognize the warning signs of potential volatility—and to manage tensions, mitigate disruptions, and channel students’ energy into productive action.

Session Highlights

In this webinar, you will learn to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of volatile interactions—among students, faculty, staff, and community members
  • Intervene when a protest or demonstration turns violent
  • Channel individual and group emotional responses into constructive discourse
  • Identify biases and other inherent beliefs that may spark trouble
  • Conduct post-incident debriefings to focus the campus back on learning
  • Foster non-threatening inclusivity on your campus

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for higher education faculty in all departments—as well as administrators and staff engaged in university relations, student affairs, housing/resident life, judicial and student conduct, and campus safety and security.

At the Q&A session following the live event, ask a question and get a direct response from our extremely knowledgeable speaker.

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About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. He is also a member of the President's Task Force on Student Retention at WKU. Before joining the faculty in 1991, ... More info