March 29, 2013
Associate Director, Campus Freedom Network
Jaclyn Hall graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a B.A. in political science and a minor in history. While at Penn, she advocated for undergraduate research opportunities (and learned a lot about university bureaucracy) as a member of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education. Jaclyn was inspired by her experience as a 2008 FIRE summer intern, and she was thrilled to return to FIRE full-time to promote free speech on campus. Through the Campus Freedom Network, she helps teach students from across the country about their rights through opportunities like the FIRE Summer Internship program, the annual CFN Conference, FIRE's high school essay contest, and FIRE's webinar series. She also enjoys working with student groups to help them plan campus events, like free speech walls and free speech zone protests, that highlight student discourse and raise awareness about speech codes. She believes that FIRE stories speak for themselves: every day, FIRE sees students punished over Facebook posts, expelled for satirical posters, and censured for simply reading a book on campus. Everyone on campus should know about these issues and be prepared to fight back.
- "New FIRE Video: What Every Student Should Know Before Starting College," August 2, 2012
- "Sinclair Community College: Enforcing Unconstitutional Sign Policy for Decades," June 28, 2012
- "CFN Students Stand Up for Free Speech on Campus in 2011," March 25, 2008
- "Morgan Freeman, Student Censored in 'Box Cutter' Case, Speaks Out," September 26, 2011
- "Celebrating Constitution Day: Towards a More Perfect Union," September 17, 2010
First Amendment on Campus: A User's Guide
This talk gives an overview of how students' free speech rights are routinely violated on college campuses across the country. It also details the history of free speech on campus and describes the biggest current threats to student rights on campus: overzealous campus censors and restrictive speech codes. Plus, the session will offer tools and advice on how attendees can proactively take a stand for free speech on campus.
Free Speech on Your Campus: Real Students, Real Solutions
This interactive session teaches students about their rights on campus and how to defend them by going through real-life scenarios of campus censorship and how those students fought back. Attendees will learn proven arguments and strategies they can use to defeat would-be censors at their own schools.