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Students For Liberty originally began in North America back in 2008. Despite growing into a vast international organization since then, our North American programs remain a key part of our efforts towards creating a freer and more prosperous society. Our passionate team of 123 Campus Coordinators work hard to organize their own Regional Conferences and activism events with the help of our leadership retreats and various grant programs. Students also grapple with advanced libertarian theory in our Virtual Reading Groups.

Some highlights of 2016 include our nationwide Deep Web screenings, the 2016 Campus Coordinator Retreat, the Get Out The Liberty campaign, and our ongoing Speak Freely Advocate Program.

 

 

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February 22, 2017

Green Bay Student Leaders Fight for Immigrants and Open Borders

The following was written by SFL’s Midwest Regional Director, Sam Dunkovich. With the newly appointed president, Donald Trump, America has seen a protest renaissance in response to his many executive orders targeting people in seven Muslim-majority countries. Seeing these many protests occurring around the country, I sought out a local protest in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which is my college city. When searching, I found no results and decided to plan my first ever march to show support for immigrants, refugees and the right to move freely between countries. When creating a Facebook event for the march, I expected at most one hundred people being interested. This was not the case and after inviting a few fellow student leaders the event had over 500 people interested […]
February 19, 2017

White Supremacists Disrupt Students For Liberty Event

Yesterday, Richard Spencer and a group of his white supremacist supporters protested the 10th Annual ISFLC: the annual gathering of libertarian Students For Liberty’s worldwide network and a large collection of affiliated groups. The alt-right provocateur came to the hotel with a small group of supporters to protest the libertarian gathering that promotes the creation of a freer future, where the rights of all people in all areas of their lives are respected. Students For Liberty CEO, Wolf von Laer, said: “Attempts to disrupt the conference, both from the far left and far right, were not entirely unexpected, but the appearance of Mr. Spencer and alt-right activists at the hotel demonstrated the alt-right’s hostility to the ideas of liberty and freedom. Although we support freedom […]
February 15, 2017

Social Media at ISFLC17

We are less than one week away from #ISFLC17 and we’re here to tell you everything you’ll need to know to keep up with the conference on social media! Tagboard is going to be your new best friend both during and leading up to the event. Every public post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #ISFLC17 will appear here. Start posting now to join in the fun! We’ll be posting conference updates on the Pathable web app. But you can also get updates from Students for Liberty directly through our official media platforms: Facebook Twitter Instagram We’ve also got a conference geo-filter on Snapchat! You can see it to the right and it will be active all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the […]

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Alexis Catherine Matt (Garretson)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

Alexis Catherine Matt (Garretson)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

Bio: Alexis Matt (Garretson) has grown up all across the east coast, mainly in Massachusetts and Virginia. She now attends George Mason University where she studies Biology, Computer Science, and Public Health. She is the treasurer of the Young Americans for Liberty group on campus, and is also involved with the G92 Institute, a ethical immigration reform advocacy group. Outside of politics, Alexis loves to read just about anything she can get her hands on, and can often be found cooking or hiking.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Henry Hazlitt, Larry Reed, David Boaz, Ilya Shapiro, Jeffery Tucker, Randal O’Toole

On Students For Liberty: “I am excited to work with SFL because they are the most diverse and dynamic groups of young people in the liberty movement. SFL equips its student leaders with invaluable training, and I am really excited to be a part of their network.”

Brittany Wilson

Blue Ridge Regional Director

Brittany Wilson

Blue Ridge Regional Director

Bio: Brittany is currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte double majoring in Political Science and Public Advocacy Communication, and minoring in Journalism. She enjoys playing an active role on campus and in her community and can often be found writing pro-liberty articles for her school’s newspaper and helping lead a Young Americans for Liberty chapter. Brittany spent her spring semester participating in the Koch Internship Program as an intern for Young Americans for Liberty eventually hopes to find a meaningful career as an advocate for liberty.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ron Paul, Fredric Bastiat, Friedrich A. Hayek

On Students For Liberty: “As a student advocate for liberty, being connected to a solid network of the movement’s best and brightest student activists and pro-liberty organizations is an amazing opportunity. I look forward to forming bonds with those who share my passion, being the best advocate for freedom that I can be, and learning a lot along the way with the help of SFL’s Campus Coordinator program.”

Chris Harelson

West Regional Director

Chris Harelson

West Regional Director

Bio: Chris is originally from Sacramento, California and has recently begun life in Salt Lake City, Utah. His interest in Liberty began in 2008 when he actively followed the presidential campaigns and kept his classmates informed concerning new developments. Chris has taken his passion to his college campus. During his first semester Chris organized and founded the Constitution Club which later became the campuses Young Americans for Liberty chapter. Chris sees a need for Liberty-minded individuals to increase their outreach to others, especially at the college level, to continue to move the ideas of Liberty forward.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Murray Rothbard, F.A. Hayek, Ron Paul, Frederic Bastiat, Mike Lee.

On Students For Liberty: “Students For Liberty transformed me from a spectator and observer of the Liberty Movement to an active participant who affects real change in society. Through SFL I have found other organizations to connect both myself and other students with to increase the successfulness of our efforts. SFL is professional and effective in providing students a forum to advance their ideas and develop new ones.”

Cooper Williams

Great Plains Regional Director

Cooper Williams

Great Plains Regional Director

Bio: Cooper is a junior at the University of Oklahoma studying Marketing and Entrepreneurship. After a long period of lazy libertarianism, he experienced something of a “conversion experience” during a lecture by Robert Higgs. Cooper is devouring literature at this very moment.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Roderick Long, Frederic Bastiat, Robert Higgs, Ron Paul, Daniel Berrigan, Henry David Thoreau, Gary Chartier

On Students For Liberty: “Liberty is most attractive when the individuals who embody it engage in respectful dialogue. At my first SFL conference, I found that my peers were overwhelmingly exuberant about ethical, historical, and philosophical topics. I was hooked.”

Cory Massimino

Academic Programs Chair

Cory Massimino

Academic Programs Chair

Bio: Cory Massimino currently studies Philosophy in Central Florida. He is also a fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society and a Young Voices Advocate. His writings have appeared in such publications as Townhall.com, Counterpunch, The Daily Caller, The American Conservative, Antiwar.com, and the Guardian. Cory contributes to the Students For Liberty blog and The Circle Molinari, a student-run, left-libertarian blog. When he’s not eating pizza, he’s striving to popularize the ideas of liberty, equality, and solidarity one slice at a time.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:  Roderick Long, Murray Rothbard, Benjamin Tucker, F.A. Hayek, Ayn Rand.

On Students For Liberty: “I’m unbelievably humbled to have the pleasure of working in such a fantastic organization with such dedicated, liberty-loving people.  Students For Liberty is the key to a free future. Insofar as its members remain committed, honest, and unwaveringly devoted to the freedom philosophy, the future will be a libertarian one, with Students For Liberty leading the way.”

Emily Reynolds

Southeast Regional Director

Emily Reynolds

Southeast Regional Director

Bio: Emily Reynolds is currently studying Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University. She first became interested in libertarianism after an aggressive Google search and YouTube marathon. After a class in microeconomics and a reading seminar on classical liberalism, she became involved with her campus’s liberty organization and is the current president. In her spare time, she can be found listening to music or cooking.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, Deirdre McCloskey

On Students For Liberty: “This organization has provided me with the resources and knowledge I need to make me and my organization a more-informed and passionate advocate for liberty.”

John Knetemann

Communications Chair

John Knetemann

Communications Chair

Bio: John Knetemann currently attends South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he studies Interdisciplinary Sciences for pre-law and pre-public policy. He has been interested in the liberty movement since he was a freshman in high school, and slowly became more and more involved in the movement. Since his involvement in the liberty movement, he has joined Young Americans for Liberty, became a Campus Coordinator for Students For Liberty, and founded South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Young Americans for Liberty.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Tom G Palmer, Ayn Rand, Friedrich Hayek, Gary Johnson, and John Stossel.

On Students For Liberty: “In today’s society, students are told that they are too young to change the world or make a difference. However, Students For Liberty certainly proves that wrong. Students can make a difference in our society, and can advance the liberty movement. SFL’s network spreads across the world, to advance the message of liberty in areas that are absolutely oppressed and whose rights are horribly violated. I am proud to be a part of Students For Liberty.”

Nathaniel Baker

South-Central Regional Director

Nathaniel Baker

South-Central Regional Director

Bio: Nate Baker is an undergraduate student studying economics at Mississippi State University. After attending a FEE summer seminar, he learned of SFL and YAL and saw that his campus was thirsty for a liberty group. The following fall, he started a YAL chapter and discovered a group of intelligent and passionate students, who now number over 15 in the chapter. He is currently the Mississippi State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty and seeks to spread the ideas of human freedom and prosperity to as many young Mississippians as possible. He believes that the Millennials are the pivotal generation for the liberty movement.

Rachel Chiu

Northeast Regional Director

Rachel Chiu

Northeast Regional Director

Bio: Rachel Chiu is currently studying Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University where she also works as a Resident Advisor. She previously attended Marlboro High School where she started her first student liberty group, Marlboro Students For Liberty. Rachel started the club in the beginning of her junior year. In 2013, she joined the Campus Coordinator program to further contribute to Students For Liberty and the pro-liberty movement.   

Favorite Figures in Liberty: John Stossel, Ron Paul, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson

On Students For Liberty: “Students For Liberty has truly shaped my understanding of liberty. The organization’s unyielding pursuit for freedom and liberty has inspired me to utilize my voice for change."

Sam Dunkovich

Midwest Regional Director

Sam Dunkovich

Midwest Regional Director

Bio: Sam Dunkovich is a native Wisconsinite, attending the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. He is currently majoring in Political Science with a minor in communications, with the hope of becoming a political journalist. Since 2014, he has been involved in the liberty movement, being his current Young Americans for Liberty chapter’s president. Sam got introduced to Students For Liberty by attending a regional and international SFL conference, with current aspirations to become a Campus Coordinator.

Favorited Figures in Liberty: Julie Borowski, Jeffery Tucker, David Boaz, Ron Paul, and Gary Johnson

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