Longwood University Logo
Greenwood Library, Celebrate Curiosity logo with link to homepage

Brock Experience

A research guide to aid students and faculty participating in Brock Experience courses.

Place & Voice: A queerly refreshing exercise in opening our ears.

This course can be found at the intersection of place, media and freedom of speech for marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+ and BIPOC. With its history and culture of diversity, San Francisco is rich ground for students to hear a compelling array of answers to the question “Who gets a voice?”

In this course, students will contemplate the civic question, “who gets a voice,” especially as it relates to the development of rights for marginalized communities. Freedom of speech can sometimes be challenged by lived experiences, oppressive and divisive societal institutions, and intersectionality. Therefore, development of rights for marginalized and oppressed communities (e.g., LGBTQ+, BIPOC) is at the forefront of this question. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) work in college campuses, communities, organizations, and corporate marketing work for and against marginalized communities as a whole to change and/or reinforce politics, laws, and rights for those communities. In this way, having a voice and asking “who gets a voice” becomes one of the pivotal civic elements in addressing these issues.