In April 2014, the Mosaic Project Report recommended the creation of a standing committee to focus on concerns about student social media use and broader issues associated with the digital campus. Created in fall 2015, the Social Media and Online Speech Committee addresses major issues around student social media use including: reputation management, online risk reduction, creation of inclusive online environments, constructive free expression, anonymity, and new technologies and trends. The Committee makes recommendations that address these issues, identify implementation strategies, and provide oversight for ongoing initiatives and emerging issues. The Committee is composed of key campus administrators, faculty and students. Although the Committee does not have responsibility for actual implementation of policies or procedures, it plays a crucial role in helping the university develop innovative strategies, model best practices and assess outcomes.

Co-Chairs:
Betha Whitlow, Curator of Visual Resources, Department of Art History and Archaeology in Arts & Sciences
Jessica Wilen, Assistant Dean of Students; Adjunct Faculty, Brown School

Social Media and Online Speech Committee Members 2016 (PDF)

For information about the work of the Social Media and Online Speech Committee, to ask questions, or to make recommendations for consideration, please contact either of the co-chairs.

The committee is convened by the vice chancellor for students and the vice provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity.