Image Credits: James Kirchick

After an incident in 2015 in which Yale students screamed down a widely respected professor for an email encouraging students to pick whatever Halloween costume they wanted, a conservative Yale alumni is running for to be a Yale Corporation trustee and bring Yale back to it’s original mission.

James Kirchick is running for Yale Trustee. This is a race that requires potential candidates to collect thousands of signatures before even being placed on the ballot. In the past, Kirchick and others have called the trustee election process undemocratic as a petition candidate has not even secured a place on the ballot in 15 years. Candidates are usually selected by the Alumni Fellow Nominating Committee.

The platform that Kirchick is running on includes promoting free speech, which has historically been a hot topic on college campus, reforming the alumni fellow election process, and promoting viewpoint diversity. As you might have guessed, Yale is notoriously liberal. In the 2016 election, it has been reported that over 95% of professors voted for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Kirchick graduated from Yale in 2006. Now, he is a respected journalist and author. His book, The End of Europe, looks at how Europe “is now having to confront demons it thought it had laid to rest” such as anti-semitism, territorial aggression, and more. He is a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institute and has been published in most major news outlets, incuding The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, etc. In 2007, Kirkchick was awarded the 2007 National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Journalist of the Year Award.

Kirchick’s campaign seems to be going well. He has been touring the country to meet Yale alumni from coast to coast to earn their vote. What can you do if you aren’t a Yale alumni and can’t cast a vote for Kirchick? You can look at him as an example and a role model for a way that you as an alumni can make a difference on the liberal campus you left behind. Going to a liberal school as a conservative taught me so much. It certainly taught me that I need to put my money and my action where my mouth is. Yes, not donating to your liberal alma mater makes a statement, but so does actively working to change the culture and administration of that campus.

As a fellow, trustee, or a board member, you have a say in what goes on on campus. In fact, you may even be the one voice in the room who is fighting for freedom and intellectual diversity. Your voice is needed. Get out there. Get into the fight to keep campuses home of thought diversity and intellectual discussion. If we keep letting the left dominate higher education, we can’t expect anything to change.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member