We are the MIT Free Speech Alliance

The MIT Free Speech Alliance, an independent nonprofit founded by Institute alumni, is a key voice in the fight to keep MIT a place for innovation and engagement with diverse perspectives. Since our founding we have supported the passage of speech-protective policies at MIT, including the adoption of MIT’s Statement on Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom. Our campus events, such as our 2023 debates on academic DEI programs and systemic racism in STEM, are open to all members of the MIT community for the purposes of engaging difficult subjects and modeling civil dialogue on contested issues. We stand up for those at MIT wrongly facing censorship or sanction for their expression, and support education to strengthen students’ foundations on the principles of free expression. At more than 1,100 members strong and growing, we’re committed to restoring MIT as a beacon of free expression so that it can remain a beacon of innovation and discovery.

Recent News

March 21, 2024
MFSA and the MIT Sloan Chapter of the Adam Smith Society will be hosting an Oxford Union style debate on the proposition, “That sex is biological and binary and gender identity is no substitute for sex in social policy,” at MIT's Wong Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. The event will also be livestreamed, and later posted at MFSA’s YouTube page.
January 19, 2024
MFSA President Wayne Stargardt shares highlights from 2023 and goals for 2024
January 19, 2024
Following the controversy over the last few months, MFSA makes three suggestions for how MIT can rebuild trust while making good on its free speech promises.

Upcoming Events

Note: This calendar contains information for MIT Free Speech Alliance Events as well as events by our partner organizations and other campus and community events of note.


April 17, 2024
In the third debate at MIT co-hosted by the MIT Free Speech Alliance, Students for Open Inquiry, MIT's Adam Smith Society, and other or...
April 22, 2024
MFSA's quarterly all-hands meetings continue with our spring meeting on April 22. The special guest speaker for our spring meeting is Profes...
September 26, 2024
MFSA's second annual conference will be held in Cambridge, MA, at the Le Meridien hotel on September 26, 2024.