Welcome to FIRE’s Student Spotlight! Student Spotlight highlights some of the amazing work being done by students to secure free speech rights for themselves and their peers on campus. There is no “right” way to go about reforming your campus, but one of the best ways to start is to look at what worked for students at other schools. Check back each month for new ideas and strategies!
This month’s Student Spotlight is Beth Baumann. In September 2011, when Beth Baumann of Northern Arizona University (NAU) made plans to commemorate the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, she never expected to be shut down by her school. After all, who would stop students from handing out miniature American flags, pins, and bumper stickers? But when inclement weather forced her and two compatriots to move their commemoration from the courtyard outside of the student union into the building itself, they unknowingly exited the school’s free speech zone.