Be an Advocate | The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression

Be an Advocate

FIRE defends and sustains the individual rights of all Americans to free speech and free thought. We also recognize that colleges and universities play a vital role in preserving free thought within a free society. To this end, we place a special emphasis on educating and empowering college students and faculty to advocate for their civil liberties on our nation’s campuses. 

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Student Defenders Marvi Ali
We can fix the problems if we can get everyone together with that productive mindset in the same room, looking at the student handbook and looking at how to make things better.

Protecting Your Rights

Student Story

Marvi Ali served as a student defender on the Conduct and Honor Advisor Program at the College of William & Mary before graduating in 2017.  Ali thinks a student-led approach to conduct and discipline at William & Mary leads to better outcomes for students, and how being a student defender made her more open-minded and empathetic.

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Opportunities for Faculty

Are you a college faculty member who faces punishment, non-renewal, or loss of tenure for exercising your academic freedom or free speech rights? FIRE has the resources to help you take action to your rights on campus.

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Is your alma mater censoring free speech?

Opportunities for Alumni

Join FIRE’s Alumni Network today to defend free speech at your alma mater.

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Interested in defending free speech?

Opportunities for Legal Professionals

The FIRE Legal Network is a nationwide group of practicing attorneys to whom we refer cases when counsel is necessary and the matter at issue falls outside the scope of FIRE’s mission or ability to assist. The FIRE Legal Network does not require dues or other such commitments, but it does provide you the opportunity to defend First Amendment rights. 

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Host a FIRE Speaker

Hosting a FIRE speaker is a great way to catalyze social change and educate your community about the importance of free speech, due process, and religious liberty.

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