‘Diversity and Exclusion’: Lindsay Shepherd Pens Book About Free Speech Controversy at Laurier University


Lindsay Shepherd's story of finding herself hauled in front of a Wilfred Laurier University informal tribunal and accused of violating the university's policy on gendered and sexual violence made national headlines in 2017. One way to improve the situation, she says, would be to shut down the diversity and inclusion offices because "they are the ones who are advocating censorship." "What they see as being inclusive, and for advocating equality-really, they're just trying to get everyone to think the same," she says. Another way is for students to loosen up a bit from the "culture of conformity and aversion to controversy" that is deeply ingrained within them.