The Alumni Free Speech Alliance brings together alumni groups that seek to support free speech, academic freedom, and viewpoint diversity at their colleges and universities. The founding members of AFSA include the Cornell Free Speech Alliance, Davidsonians for Freedom of Thought and Discourse, Princetonians for Free Speech, the Jefferson Council, and the Generals Redoubt. Since 2021, 11 more alumni groups have joined the cause.
Members of AFSA believe that free speech, academic freedom, and viewpoint diversity are critical to the advancement of knowledge and to the very concept of a university. Yet surveys show that most college students have little understanding of these principles. Many students even oppose free speech, as revealed by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression’s (FIRE) College Free Speech Rankings.