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 speech-protective policies at MIT, including the adoption of MIT’s Statement on Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom and the elimination of DEI statements. Our campus events, such as our debates on academic DEI programs, systemic racism in STEM, and sex and gender, 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 facing censorship or sanction for their expression. We support education to strengthen students’ foundations on the principles of free expression. At more than 1,100 members strong and growing, we are the largest independent organization of MIT graduates. 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

May 22, 2024
MIT banned the use of DEI statements for faculty hiring and promotion in April 2024, with MIT President Sally Kornbluth commenting that "compelled statements impinge on freedom of expression, and they don’t work."
May 8, 2024
MFSA's statement on the unsanctioned pro-Palestinian encampment on Kresge Oval, and the need for free speech to coexist with reasonable time, place, and manner regulations at MIT.
April 23, 2024
April 23, 2024, Cambridge, MA. The MIT Free Speech Alliance, MIT’s Students for Open Inquiry, and the Sloan School’s Chapter of the Adam Smith Society hosted an Oxford Union style debate at MIT's Wong Auditorium at 7 p.m. April 17 on the proposition, “That sex is biological and binary and gender identity is no substitute for sex in social policy,” The event was livestreamed and the video is posted at M...

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.

July 22, 2024
For our summer 2024 all-hands meeting, we're joined by special guest Daniel Bonevac, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at A...
September 26, 2024
MFSA's second annual conference will be held in Cambridge, MA, at the Le Meridien hotel on September 26, 2024. 
October 21, 2024
At MFSA's fall 2024 all-hands meeting, we're joined by Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the Uni...