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This post is part of a new “Student Spotlight” SFL blog series in which we honor the best and brightest student activists in our network by highlighting the top student, group, and event of the week and share their accomplishments to inspire other leaders to step up their game in advancing the cause of liberty. 

Congratulations to Molly Nelson, John Knetemann and every member of the YAL chapter at South Dakota School of Mines for being chosen as SFL’s Group of the Week! We also want to recognize Molly and John for bringing up a group of 18 students from their school to Colorado RC! Learn more about their group from Molly:

Group’s Mission & Focus

Our group’s mission is to introduce libertarianism to the mainly republican base on our campus. Our focus is mostly intellectual, we specially discuss morality and the moral reasons for liberty and capitalism. Though our discussions gravitate every now and then towards social issues (gay marriage, etc.) and religion. We also hold periodic activism as well.

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This post is part of a new “Student Spotlight” SFL blog series in which we honor the best and brightest student activists in our network by highlighting the top student, group, and event of the week and share their accomplishments to inspire other leaders to step up their game in advancing the cause of liberty.

Congratulations to Moronfolu Adeniyi, Jimoh  Olanrewaju, Ibrahim Sodeinde, Bamidele, and the rest of the students involved in organizing SFL’s event of the week, the MAPOLY Leadership and Entrepreneurship Seminar in Abeokuta!

The main objective of the event was to inform curious students about the ideas of liberty. According to Moronfolu, libertarianism in Abeokuta is understood as “modern slavery by the Western world on the African continent” so their challenge was to break paradigms and clarify the true mission of liberty. The speakers explained the importance of libertarianism on the continent and SFL’s impact in preparing the next generation of leaders. They also spoke about economic development, SFL’stheory of social change, and leadership for liberty and empowerment.

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Dear SFL Alumni,

I would like to formally invite you to the 2015 International Students For Liberty Conference, the world’s largest gathering pro-liberty students and alumni. Part lecture hall, networking session, debate forum, and pep rally for liberty, the ISFLC is the can’t miss event of the year. And now SFL’s alumni association Alumni For Liberty will be offering more than ever.

Alumni For Liberty’s mission is to both raise support for the student movement for liberty and provide support and services to our alumni members. Services such as career counseling and networking with your fellow alumni. With hundreds of SFL leaders graduating each year we are rapidly approaching a future were AFLers will occupy important positions out there in the “real world”, and it is critical that we stay connected and united in our goal of creating a free society.

Our annual homecoming at the International Students For Liberty Conference is a great opportunity to do just that. All AFL members get free registration at the ISFLC, so sign up for AFL now to take advantage of this opportunity.

AFL will be hosting a series of events targeted at graduating seniors and recent alumni to connect our community and support their transition from student activists to lifelong advocates of liberty.

AFL Breakout Sessions @ ISFLC

  • Careers Panel  – College graduates face a myriad of possible career paths. Come learn from leaders in the business, policy, academic, non-profit and media communities who will discuss many of the options available and how recent grads can take the first steps down the road of building your career. Moderated by Tax Foundation Vice President Joseph Henchman.
  • Job Hunting 101 – Your first job hunt can be an overwhelming experience. This session focuses on practical advice on preparing, searching, applying for and landing your next job including tips on resumes, cover letters, interviews and general do’s and don’ts of the job hunt. Moderated by SFL VP Clark Ruper.
  • Communication Workshop – The notion “if I build it they will come” has always been wrong. No matter what you are selling you have to find and relate to your intended audience. Learn how to sell your ideas, your product, and most importantly yourself. Featuring Massachusetts Republican Party Deputy Field Director Nathan Fatal and Show-Me Cannabis Executive Director John Payne.
  • Navigating Academia – Many young libertarians dream of becoming a famous academic or inspiring professor. This is a noble goal but the path from undergrad through graduate school is a long and winding road. Presented by GMU PhD Fellow Liya Palagashvilli and Dr. Peter Boettke of George Mason University.
  • Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur – Entrepreneurship is the engine that drives the economy and social change. By definition there is no path to follow, you have to make your own. Presented by Praxis CEO Isaac Morehouse.

This of course will all be taking place alongside the ISFLC’s world-class lineup of speakers from around the liberty movement and the world.

We will also be hosting our Annual AFL Homecoming Social on Saturday night with free drinks for AFL members.

As mentioned all current AFL members receive free registration to the International Conference. If you are a current member, awesome, register for the ISFLC now here.

If you are not in AFL yet now is the time. Sign up for as little as $10 a month to support the student movement for liberty and take advantage of the free ISFLC registration and other benefits.

I am looking forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions regarding the ISFLC or Alumni For Liberty in general, just drop me a line.

Sincerely & For Liberty,

Clark Ruper

Vice President & Director of Alumni Relations

 

Attention students! For the first time ever, this year SFL is organizing bus trips from ten different cities around the country to the 2015 International Students For Liberty Conference taking place in Washington, D.C. February 13-15. The last day that you will be able to reserve a seat on one of our ten charter buses is Saturday November 30th. Don’t miss this opportunity to travel to the biggest libertarian event of the year for as little as $20 per person, round trip! Save yourself hundreds of dollars by signing up today.

Our locations and prices will be:

  • Austin, Texas- $45
  • Manhattan, Kansas- $36
  • Gainesville, Florida- $25
  • Montgomery, Alabama- $27
  • Nashville, Tennessee- $20
  • Chicago, Illinois- $20
  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina- $20
  • Columbia, South Carolina- $20
  • East Lansing & Ann Arbor, Michigan- $20

Seats are filling up fast and space is limited so sign up now while they last.

Note: Buses will only run if the buses are filled. If your bus is canceled, you will be reimbursed. An email will be sent out to you once your bus is 100% confirmed. You will not be reimbursed if you miss the bus or change your mind.

The following is a guest post by Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator and Blogging Team member Chance M. Davies.

In honour of the identity, history, and movement towards greater equality for the transgender community, November is Transgender Awareness Month. The term “transgender” is an umbrella label for “people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth.” Specifically November 20th is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to reflect on the human lives lost due to anti-transgender violence and hatred. The violence and discrimination the community has faced is staggering, as the numbers show. This year, the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal stated that in the first three months of 2014, 102 transphobic murders were reported. Considering these murders are rarely reported, it’s safe to say that this number is grossly under the actual rates. Even though only 0.3% of Americans identify as transgender, murder rates for the transgender community are around 50% higher than for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals.

But that’s just the start of it. It turns out that the government also targets transgenders. In a 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 22% of respondents reported harassment when interacting with police officers and 46% of respondents stated that they aren’t comfortable seeking assistance from police officers. Another study shows that transgenders are 3.32 times more likely to experience police violence than non-transgenders. This, coinciding with the general violence against the transgender community, sets the groundwork for an entire minority of people to be forced into a continual cycle of hatred. Transgenders who consistently experience fear for their safety don’t feel comfortable pursuing assistance from the public servants who should be there to protect them, and, thus, transphobic violence goes unchecked.

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