As the season for making (and breaking) New Year’s resolutions winds down, Azhar Majeed, director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Education Program, offers some advice in a Huffington Post piece for students who want to better the state of free speech on their campus.
Azhar discusses how students can work to revise “unconstitutional and restrictive ‘speech codes’” that stand in the way of student activism. With the current surge of students speaking their minds on campus, it’s more than ever important to make sure barriers to public discourse on campus are diminished. In Azhar’s words,
[O]ne critical element seems to be missing too often in these discussions: the paramount value of the First Amendment and of respecting others’ free speech rights. In 2016, I hope that college students will embrace the principles of free expression more consistently so that everyone can participate in the dialogue and debates that are needed.
The advice listed includes how to look up a university’s speech codes, how to best publicize First Amendment issues on campus, and whom to contact at one’s university and beyond for support.
To view Azhar’s full list of advice and tips for student activists, check out his column now!