Quality Enhancement Plan

Case Statement for Speak UP

Consultation on the title of the QEP was a collaborative community process. Capturing the depth and significance of Guilford College’s QEP in a single word and/or simple phrase was a considerable challenge. However, a successful case was made for Speak UP, based on the following supporting principles:

“Speak UP” is relevant, concise and easy to recall. Consensus was that this shorthand moniker would have growing – and staying – power.

“Speak UP” is a powerful call to action. As responsibly engaged global citizens, we can’t be silent; we must all find and share our voice to affect positive change. “Speak” isn’t limited to our physical voice; it’s how we express ourselves and engage others through social media posts, art, music, dance, video, writings, research, etc. It’s the ability to also “Speak UP” for those who are unable to speak for themselves, especially those who are marginalized, victims of wrongdoing, or neglect; it's about speaking up for justice, integrity, and equality.

“Unifying” is an inclusive term with important meaning. An effective presentation should adroitly integrate the most impactful communication tools and form(s) of expression. At the same time, effective presentation includes, connects, and engages people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

“UP” is also a word with additional positive associations. In addition to its acronym relevance, “UP” can be used to indicate and encourage taking presentations to the next level in terms of intellectual depth, engagement, and to raise the profile of important conversations.

In summation : “Speak UP” is a motivating call to action. It conveys the critical importance of leveraging the full breadth and power of our communication skills and tools to help create a more inclusive, connected world. Identifying, developing, and sharing voices in such a purposeful, inclusive way is one of the best ways our students can be engaged in changing lives — for good.