NACOGDOCHES, Texas — “Hate speech = free speech” is the theme for the Stephen F. Austin State University Office of Multicultural Affairs’ upcoming Something to Chew On spring series.

Organizers, including hall director Sarahina Borgia and Orientation Programs student coordinator Destinee Williams, said this theme was chosen because of a recent visit from members of a religiously affiliated organization who many students felt were spouting hate speech.

Borgia and Williams wanted to use this opportunity to educate about free speech rights on university campuses as well as to inform students of their rights and effective ways to engage with various groups.

Held once each semester, Something to Chew On is an educational series aimed at creating a safe environment where students can discuss a preplanned topic. Past topics have covered difficult-to-address areas such as social justice, poverty and mental health.

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place at noon Wednesday, March 4, in the OMA office on the third floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Snacks and door prizes will be provided.

The series is hosted by SFA’s Lumberjack Cultural Association.