Speak UP FAQs
Students will benefit significantly from Speak UP: Unifying Presentation for an Inclusive, Connected World. Fundamentally, it is a natural extension of the 2006 Writing in the Disciplines QEP. The plan is designed to help students further develop their communication skills by deepening their understanding of the multifaceted nature of public discourse as this applies specifically to public presentation. The essential benefit of this program is that students will learn to be more confident, professional, and knowledgeable as they share ideas within their disciplinary community, demonstrate their content knowledge beyond their discipline, and as they prepare for their careers. They will develop essential skills sets for the 21st-century work environment that are sought by employers, requiring both effective and persuasive interpersonal communication and the successful application of digital media competencies.
Students will have multiple opportunities to learn, practice, and execute public presentation as they develop through the emerging general education curriculum (“The Guilford Experience”). In fact, all current new initiatives — encompassing general education revision, Speak UP, and Hege Library’s Academic Commons vision — are intentionally collaborative and coordinated. Moreover, the Bonner Center and Center for Principled Problem Solving demonstrate institutional commitment to furthering Quaker principles emphasizing social justice.
Professional development of faculty and staff is integral to the success of Speak UP. Faculty will have the opportunity to participate in summer workshops and other training opportunities to learn best practices of integrating public presentations into their This will improve systems and processes within the College as a whole.
To ensure the sustainability of Speak UP, faculty and educational support professionals within Hege Library’s Academic Commons will be involved in workshops and training sessions for purposes of strengthening the collaborative educational support model. This will encourage faculty and support staff in the exploration of new pedagogical techniques and technologies, not only to enhance student engagement in public presentation, but also to develop faculty knowledge and expertise in inclusive public discourse.