After a full day of traveling, day one of the FIRE Leaders in Student Rights Conference is complete. Convening down here in New Orleans, Louisiana is probably one of the most friendly and intelligent, yet rambunctious and rabble-rousing groups of college students around. These are the people who are willing to get their hands dirty as they fight the good fight for students rights on issues of free speech, association, due process, and much more on university campuses across the Unite States.
It has been amazing to hear some of the stories and about some of the work other have been doing on their campuses, and to finally be able to meet face-to-face some of the students I have read about.
I have only spent a few hours with this group, but I am already quite energized (not that I wasn't before, but even more now) for the cause on my campus, and and am overflowing with new ideas.
Tomorrow we will be hearing from FIRE staff and digging in on the key issues at hand and how we can continue to contribute to this battle.
A great quote from our packet to close on:
“The essentially of freedom in the community of American universities is almost self-evident... To impose any straight jacket upon the intellectual leaders in our colleges and universities would imperil the future of our Nation."
--Sweezy v. New Hampshire, 354 U.S. 234, 250 (1957)