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

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.
December 13, 2023
National coverage of MIT President Sally Kornbluth's congressional testimony features comments from MFSA leadership.

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.


February 26, 2024
“Can We Trust Medical Science?”, with Vinay Prasad (UCSF), author of Ending Medical Reversal and Malign...
April 17, 2024
In the third debate at MIT co-hosted by the MIT Free Speech Alliance, two teams will debate the proposition, "Resolved that sex is biol...
September 26, 2024
MFSA's second annual conference will be held in Cambridge, MA, at the Le Meridien hotel on September 26, 2024.