Democracy Wall Project at Rhode Island College – April 17 to May 9

The Democracy Wall Project, designed by students in a communication and civic engagement course at Rhode Island College, will be on exhibit from April 17 to May 9 in the foyer of Gaige Hall. 

This is an interactive display of written opinions by RIC students, faculty and staff that allows for an open exchange of ideas on current and controversial issues. Project members hope that the wall will generate increased interaction among members of the campus community.

Schools such as Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Carlton and Pepperdine universities have had successful free speech wall projects that created abundant participation by students, and some even attracted attention by national media. Rhode Island College organizers said they would like to leave the same legacy at the college. They are encouraging members of the campus community to “bring a marker and an open mind!”

New questions will be posted on the wall periodically. Participants are encouraged to respond, while honoring three rules: no profanity, no personal attacks and stay on topic.

A box will be provided for those who want to submit their comments anonymously. Students monitoring the project will add those responses to the wall.

Upon completion of this project, organizers hope to establish a permanent Democracy Wall at Rhode Island College.

For more information, visit the group's Facebook page at