Democracy Wall

Democracy Wall

Add your comment to the wall UMPI’s Inclusion and Civility Task Force has installed a Democracy Wall on the first floor of the Campus Center to provide a space for our community to discuss various civic and social issues impacting our nation and world. Our goal is to open a dialogue, encourage civil discourse and deeper reflection, and increase our collective awareness and understanding. New topics will be added on an ongoing basis and we encourage everyone to be a part of the conversation.

Democracy Wall Ground Rules:

  1. All voices are welcome.
  2. Be thoughtful in your responses and make sure they reflect our commitment to civil discourse. Obscenity, cursing, and other indecencies do not serve the purpose of this wall nor the spirit of our Diversity and Inclusion Pledge.
  3. Be respectful in disagreement, as that is at the very heart of civil discourse. Name calling or personal attacks do not serve the purpose of this wall.
  4. Add your voice to the conversation and feel free to pose your own questions, but do not alter or obscure what others have written.
  5. Periodically, the wall will be cleaned to allow for a fresh round of conversations.
  6. Free speech may not always be pleasant speech and will be upheld for the wall except when it violates illegal speech, University policy, or the spirit of the wall. If you believe anything posted on the wall is illegal speech (direct threat, false statement of fact, incitement, or other statements that may lead to imminent violence), or is in violation of University policy, notify the Dean of Students Office at 207-768-9432 or vanessa.pearson@maine.edu.

The views expressed on the wall are those of the authors and do not reflect an official policy or position of UMPI.

The Democracy Wall and these guidelines are based on the Democracy Plaza created on the Indianapolis campus of IUPUI over a decade ago, which has stood as a national model for democratic engagement and civic dialogue. UMPI has adopted this idea for campus use, and credits previous institutions, such as Kennesaw State University, for the adaption of the Democracy Wall.


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Contact Us

Rachel Rice
Chair, Inclusion and Civility Task Force
12 Preble Hall
181 Main St.
Presque Isle, ME 04769

Phone: (207) 768-9447
Fax: (207) 768-9608
rachel.rice@maine.edu