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The Spirit Speaks: VMI Alumni are now represented in the select Alumni Free Speech Alliance (AFSA)

SOVP is pleased to announce that VMI Alumni are now represented in the select Alumni Free Speech Alliance (AFSA), confirmed by the unanimous acceptance of The Cadet Foundation. Details can be read and referenced in an article at “The Roanoke Star:”

From the piece:

The Cadet newspaper and The Cadet Foundation were honored, by unanimous acclamation, to become a full member of the Alumni Free Speech Alliance (AFSA). By this honor, Virginia Military Institute (VMI) cadets, alumni, faculty and staff at VMI now joins a prestigious collection of alumni groups representing Ivy League and other major Institutions of Higher Education across the United States. These include Bucknell, Cornell, Davidson, Harvard, Lafayette, Macalester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton, Stanford, University of North Carolina, University of Virginia, Washington & Lee, Wofford, and Yale.”

“AFSA was created in October 2021 for two purposes. One was to serve as an umbrella group to gather a strong nucleus of higher education alternative alumni associations with a shared mission of supporting free speech, academic freedom and viewpoint diversity. It seeks to provide a variety of forums for information exchange and operational methods to pursue them.”

“Secondly, as higher education administrations persist in placing “social justice” agendas ahead of providing traditional educational services, it is anticipated that pressure will grow to create more alternative alumni association groups.”

SOVP congratulates The Cadet Foundation on its AFSA membership and pledges support to the protection of free speech rights for all members of the VMI Corps of Cadets including “The Cadet” newspaper staff.


Founded in 2021, the Spirit of VMI PAC is a registered Virginia Political Action Committee whose purpose is to preserve VMI’s reputation as an elite leadership institution.

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