The FIRE Student Network (FSN) will be holding its annual summer student conference this July 25–27 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. This free conference is for college students from across the country to gather together and learn why free speech and student rights are vital to their college experience, as well as how they can make sure their institution protects their rights. Students can apply to attend at thefire.org/conference.
FIRE staff and FSN members look forward to this conference each year, but don’t take our word for it! See what students from last year’s conference had to say:
“The passion of FIRE’s staff is evident in their work and in the way that they interact with students. Also, I cannot say enough about how well-chosen the guest speakers were. They were articulate, funny, and I loved how willing they were to share their difficult experiences. All had been affected in some way by a restriction on free speech, and in a way that had actually changed their lives.”
“I had an amazing time and learned so much. When I was in the airport waiting for my flight I called some of my high school friends to tell them how much of a fantastic time I had and all that I learned while encouraging them to sign up next year."
“The speakers were beyond fantastic. There is a lot of doom and gloom surrounding the standing of the First Amendment on college campuses; the speakers were able to address this in a fun, serious, and engaging manner.”
“FIRE taught me to be a thoughtful and confident critic of speech code issues on my campus. I’m looking forward to leveraging my relationships with student affairs professionals and administrators at my university, and taking the opportunity through student leadership to spread awareness and educate students about their rights.”
“I would highly, highly recommend this conference to friends. I learned so much and I think more students ought to learn what their rights truly are. As was pointed out at the conference – administrators often get away with their policies because students don't know what their rights are. Education is the most important aspect of progress in free speech.”
The 2014 conference promises to be our biggest yet and space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon!