First Amendment

2-Day: Monday-Tuesday


This program is designed to provide a thorough review of the First Amendment and its applicability to, campus best practices. Stories regarding campus First Amendment challenges and lawsuits are now commonplace in the press.  Senior administrators and decision-makers will be able to frame critical issues and use analytical tools to discern how, when and where the First Amendment applies on their campus.  This lecture/discussion format will include: an overview of the free speech national debate, forum analysis, prohibited speech categories, the First Amendment and social media, cases you should know, academic freedom, space utilization and controversial speakers and protests.   The program will end with tips and strategies for a First Amendment crisis.  Practical scenarios will be provided to hone skills.




Dr. Lee Bird- Track Coordinator: currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater and leads numerous functional areas, including the Student Union, Campus Life, University Counseling, University Health Services, Career Services, Dining, Residential Life and the Department of Wellness. Dr. Bird is an adjunct professor in OSU’s Student Development graduate program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1991. She has worked in some aspect of student affairs for 40 years.

Dr. Bird served as the President of the National Board of Directors for the Association of Student Judicial Affairs (now ASCA) and co-authored The First Amendment on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Administrators (2006), published by NASPA. In addition, she has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters on responding to emergencies and the First Amendment.

Dr. Bird received both the Donald D. Gehring Award and the Parker D. Young Award for her work with the ASCA. She served on the University of Vermont’s Board of Advisors for the Legal Issues in Higher Education conference for over a decade. Dr. Bird consults and speaks regularly on topics such as student development, student conduct, campus threat assessment, crisis management and the First Amendment rights of students. Bird previously served as the Vice President of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. She is a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars in recognition of her work in Chinese higher education. In 2017 Bird was named an Honorary Professor at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing, China. Bird serves as the chair of the OSU Behavioral Consultation Team and is a FEMA, CERT and Incident Command Instructor Trainer.

Dr. Bird serves on a number of civic and professional boards including the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Council on Student Affairs and the Governors Campus Safety and Security Task Force and The Central Oklahoma American Red Cross.



Mackenzie Wilfong earned her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Oklahoma where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, she received her Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.  Following law school, Mackenzie practiced litigation at a national law firm in Kansas City where she specialized in Education and Employment Law, practicing in both Kansas and Missouri.  After leaving private practice, she joined the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights as a federal enforcement attorney investigating allegations of harassment and discrimination in educational institutions in a five state region.  Most recently, Mackenzie was Associate General Counsel for the Board of Regents of the Oklahoma State University and Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, representing nine Colleges and Universities across Oklahoma.  Currently, Mackenzie is the General Counsel for Tulsa Community College, which serves over 25,000 students on four campuses in Tulsa County.  She is also a Board member of Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice.