We work closely with faculty and student groups supporting free speech, academic freedom, and viewpoint diversity. In September of 2022, we, along with a group of Princeton faculty and students in the Princeton Open Campus Coalition formed the Princeton Free Speech Union, the first formal group on any campus bringing together alumni, faculty, and students to support free speech. PFS gives the many Princetonians who support free speech and academic freedom a mechanism to make their voices heard and to work together with others who feel the same way. We have published student critiques (as well as PFS critiques) of the university on our website. Non-Princetonians who are interested in free speech and academic freedom at universities can and do subscribe to PFS email alerts and visit our website for its robust content on free speech.
We also work closely with the largest nonprofit organizations supporting campus free speech and related values – notably, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, and the Academic Freedom Alliance. PFS was a founding member in October of 2021 of the Alumni Free Speech Alliance, an umbrella group of alumni free speech groups that has grown rapidly to include alumni groups from 15 colleges and universities, including Yale, Cornell, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UVA, and UNC, plus a number of smaller schools.
PFS has rallied, and will rally, support for Princeton students and faculty who are being attacked or harassed for expressing their views. Our organization is also a vehicle for Princetonians who wish to contact the University about specific developments on campus that they believe impede free speech or academic freedom.
PFS is non-partisan. Our board consists of a broad cross-section of Princeton alumni, and board members cover classes from 2023 back to 1970. We will stand up for the free speech and academic freedom of progressives, moderates, and conservatives alike.
We do not take positions on individual issues not related to our mission. In furthering this mission, PFS explicitly supports the “Chicago Principles,” the vision of free expression and academic freedom created at the University of Chicago and adopted, although often not followed, by Princeton in 2015 and ultimately adopted in one form or another by over eighty universities.
The website is public, and members of the Princeton community and others are invited to become subscribers. Subscription is free. Subscribers are sent email update notices when new material is put on the website and when an important event or debate is occurring on campus. They are also invited to participate in other PFS activities relating to free speech at Princeton. PFS will be sponsoring speakers, forums, and debates on campus and on the internet.