In this charged political environment, the cherished tradition of free expression is more critical than ever. The University of California's role is not only to protext free speech, but to guarantee it, even when many find its expression objectionable. I know that the Center is commited to upholding the values of the First Amendment.
Michael V. Drake
University of California President
My fellowship with the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic engagement offered a unique opportunity to learn from—and with—leading scholars and practitioners working on overlapping problems. As a professional working in public policy and free speech advocacy, the chance to step back and think about the big picture from fresh angles was invaluable.
Vice President, Global Advocacy, Wikimedia Foundation, 2019-20 Center Fellow
As the founder of Davis Journal of Legal Studies (DJLS), I am seeking to create a body of undergraduate legal scholarship that is freely and widely accessible. I am grateful to the Center for their generosity, which has allowed us to keep the journal free to the public. The Center supports DJLS’s mission to make legal studies and publication more accessible, diverse, and inclusive, and it has been an honor to work with the Center.
Undergrad Student, College of Letters and Science: English and Political Science - Public Service, 2021 VOICE Recipient
The cornerstone of the Center’s annual programming is our #SpeechMatters conference which brings together students, administrators, activists, and thought leaders from around the country to discuss the most pressing issues of free speech and civic engagement on campus. Please save the date for #SpeechMatters 2022, to be held Wednesday, April 6th and Thursday, April 7th, 2022.