Students For Liberty is a rapidly growing network of pro-liberty students from all over the world. Our mission is to provide a unified, student-driven forum of support for students and student organizations dedicated to liberty. We accomplish this through a strategy of empowerment, identifying the top student leaders and training them to be agents of change in their communities. What began as a small meeting of young leaders has become an international movement of students with over 1,100 groups around the world and operations on every inhabited continent.
What Liberty Means to SFL
Students For Liberty is an organization that supports liberty for all people. SFL does not dictate the foundations upon which individuals justify their belief in liberty. Rather, Students For Liberty embraces the diversity of justifications for liberty and encourages debate and discourse on the differing philosophies that underlie liberty. What Students For Liberty endorses are the principles that comprise liberty:
- Economic freedom to choose how to provide for one’s life;
- Social freedom to choose how to live one’s life; and
- Intellectual and academic freedom.
Theory of Social Change
SFL exists to empower students to become leaders and agents of change in their communities, particularly within the university. Students are the principal leaders, crafting our strategy, and running programs to help fellow students. All new SFL leaders, whether Executive Board members, Campus Coordinators, Charter Team Members, and so forth, go through a rigorous training program designed to teach them how to become an effective leader of liberty both generally and specifically for their role. As part of this training, all new leaders are given a 100+ page SFL Leadership Handbook that covers everything from what it means to be a leader for liberty to effective communication strategies.
Click here to download the Students For Liberty Theory of Empowerment, a key component of our Theory of Social Change.
The SFL Model
SFL is not a top down, chapter based, or membership organization. Instead SFL functions as a network of pro-liberty students from a wide diversity of locations and backgrounds.
We work with a diversity of student organizations across the many ideological positions within the philosophy of liberty. These include the campus Young Americans for Liberty, Students For Liberty, College Libertarians, free speech clubs, small “l” libertarian association, economics club, Objectivist society, Austrian Economics reading group, Students for Individual Liberty, and any other group that supports an idea or cause of liberty.
Students For Liberty was founded in 2008 by a group of students who wanted to make a difference by supporting their fellow libertarian students on campus. Libertarian student groups had long been isolated from one another and the larger liberty movement. The initial Students For Liberty Conference at Columbia University was originally planned for around 30 students, but demand far exceeded those estimates and 100 students ended up attending the conference in spite of a blizzard that shut down most of the region.
From those humble beginning the organization has grown each year to keep up with the rapidly growing demand and provide support to the student movement for liberty. The most recent International Students For Liberty Conference in 2014 featured over 1,300 attendees from all 7 continents.