My students’ freedom of speech and freedom of expression was threatened during the election season of 2020. Students in Grand Canyon University’s Department of Dance were to perform a piece that highlighted people who suffer brutality and death at the hands of police. It was a sensitive portrait that was co-created by students and faculty. When the dean of our private Christian university acted to silence their voices, they protested during the live-streamed concert. What I have taken away from this devastating experience is that free speech within our public institutions must be protected. It is absolutely critical.