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  • westmiller@aol.com
    Officers and Activists, Just FYI. This looks like a good group that may interest our student or faculty members. Bill ... Thanks for your note, which I ve
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 9, 2008
      Officers and Activists,
          Just FYI. This looks like a good group that may interest
      our student or faculty members.

      > ... many opportunities for the Republican Liberty Caucus
      > to become involved with SFL ...
          Thanks for your note, which I've distributed to all of our
      national and state officers. The RLC has joined in various
      coalitions and has endorsed the "principles and objectives"
      of other liberty organizations, but our official purposes do
      not include affiliations with any other organizations. Our
      members are certainly active in many organizations and
      we are happy to inform them of local events that may be
      of interest. The best way to inform members of events is
      to post to the RLCxx@yahoogroups.com (substitute the
      state initials) when the schedule and location is set.
          At some future date, we hope to organize our student
      and faculty members into an RLC-Campus division. I'll
      keep your information on hand for future cooperative
      Bill Westmiller
      RLC National Chairman
      From: amccobin@...
      To: Westmiller@...
      Sent: 8/9/2008 9:42:13 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time
      Subj: Opportunity to Reach Out to Students: Students For Liberty
      Dear Mr. Westminster,

      My name is Alexander McCobin.  I am co-founder and Executive Director of Students For Liberty (www.studentsforliberty.org), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a unified, student-driven forum of support for students and student organizations dedicated to liberty.  Our inaugural conference was held at Columbia University from February 22-24, 2008, and brought 100 students from 42 schools and 2 countries together to talk about issues of liberty and how to promote liberty on campus.  By all accounts, the conference was a terrific success, and the need to provide year-round resources to students interested in liberty was so evident from student interest in the conference that SFL's formation as a nonprofit was announced at the end.  Since that announcement, SFL has been growing by leaps and bounds, bringing many more students and student organizations into its fold.  I am reaching out to you to let you know about the many opportunities for the Republican Liberty Caucus to become involved with SFL, gain exposure to students, and support the cause of liberty on campus. 

      SFL is an organization with unparalleled abilities to reach out to students and provide a forum that takes the cause of liberty back to campus!  Run by students for students, SFL is the leading organization that provides support for students on campus to advocate for liberty.  As an indication of SFL's prestige and organization, SFL's Board of Advisors consists of some of the most dedicated individuals in the cause of liberty:
      • Dr. Nigel Ashford, Institute for Humane Studies
      • Dr. Tyler Cowen, George Mason University
      • Dr. Alan Charles Kors, University of Pennsylvania
      • Dr. James W. Lark, III, University of Virginia
      • Dr. Tom Palmer, Cato Institute
      • Dr. C. Bradley Thompson, Clemson University
      • Prof. Eugene Volokh, University of California, Los Angeles
      One of SFL's purposes is to expose students to the wide variety of opportunities available to advance liberty and make them knowledgeable of the many organizations that exist to promote liberty.  Below is a list of the many ways in which your organization may get involved with SFL.  For all the options listed below, please email me at amccobin@... describing how you would like to get involved.  Please send an email listing all the ways you would like to be involved, as well as the name, email, office/cell phone number of a point person we may reach about SFL activities ASAP.  We would like our records and programs to be ready in time for the start of the school year, so we ask that you try to send us information by 12PM on Friday, August 15th.  However, if you cannot make this deadline, just let me know and we would be more than happy to work with your schedule. 

      I. Donate to SFL
      II. Speakers Network
      III. Jobs/Internships Listing
      IV. Regional Conferences
      V. International Conference Liberty Fair
      VI. Announce Student Opportunities
      VII. Advertise SFL

      I. Donate to SFL
      SFL is a young organization with few financial resources.  We are looking for donations of two kinds from other organizations dedicated to liberty:
      a. In-Kind Donations: If your organization publishes books, prints shirts, or has any other materials, we would like to distribute them to students.  SFL is especially looking for books that may be distributed both at SFL conferences and to student reading clubs.  Any donations you can make are appreciated!
      b. Event Sponsorship: At the 2008 Students for Liberty Conference at Columbia, the Foundation for Economic Education and the Institute for Humane Studies each sponsored an event where students could network with one another and members of the sponsor organization.  SFL is looking for more organizations to support SFL by sponsoring student events and in return can offer access to the best and brightest student leaders of liberty today.  As well, SFL is open to co-hosting events with other organizations.  If there is a program geared towards students that you would like to run but are unsure of whether you can fill the seats, please let us know and we'd be glad to talk with you about the event.  Please let us know if you're interested in sponsoring student events or collaborating on future projects.

      II. Speakers Network
      SFL is developing a comprehensive speakers network that students may access when looking to bring speakers to campus.  This network will be comprised of two functions:
      a. Speakers List: SFL will be developing a list of speakers that students and student organizations may use to invite speakers to campus on their own.  Please email all speakers we may include on this list by emailing me with their name, title, email, city, state, speaking topics, and whether they request honorarium or not.
      b. Actively Partnering Speakers with Schools: If one of your speakers would like to speak on campus while she is traveling, please let us know and we will help partner that speaker with a student organization who can host the speaker.  When you know a speaker is traveling, please email Sam Eckman at seckman@... as early as possible with information about where the speaker will be, what dates they will be available, and what they would like to speak about.  SFL will then contact the neighboring schools where student organizations affiliated with SFL are located and try to arrange a time to speak.

      III. Jobs/Internships Listing
      Students seek summer internships and full time employment opportunities.  Organizations dedicated to liberty are interested in finding highly qualified candidates for summer internships and job openings.  To serve both of these groups, SFL will compile and regularly update a complete listing of internship and job opportunities at liberty oriented organizations.  To include job/internship opportunities at your organization, please send all opportunities with the following information:
      1. Name of position
      2. One paragraph description of position and necessary skills
      3. An explanation of how to apply for the position
      4. Deadline for applying for the position
      5. Contact information

      IV. Regional Conferences
      SFL is organizing five (5) regional conferences around the U.S. from the last weekend of October through the month of November this coming fall.  Conferences will be taking place at Stanford University (November 15th), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (November 8th), University of Pennsylvania (October 25th), Harvard University, and an undecided southern university.  The purpose of these conferences is to provide a forum for students from the region to discuss issues of liberty and how to promote liberty on campus.  If you would like your organization to be involved in any or all of these conferences through either providing speakers, books to distribute to students, information on your programs, sponsoring conference activities, or somehow else, please let us know.  We want to include as many organizations as possible in these conferences, especially organizations located in the regions.

      V. International Conference Liberty Fair
      SFL's second annual international conference is currently being planned for the end of February, 2009.  Full details on the conference location and time will be released once they are finalized.  We will be individually inviting speakers and other support from organizations once we have the details of the conference, but we invite every organization to participate in the Liberty Fair.  The Liberty Fair is analogous to a career fair where liberty oriented organizations may purchase tables to display materials and provide information on your organization and activities to students at the conference.  Last year, 100 students attended the conference with 15 organizations participating in the Liberty Fair.  We anticipate 200+ students at this year's conference with even more organizations in the Liberty Fair.  Don't be left out of this great opportunity to reach out to the best students for liberty in the country and abroad.  More information will be sent out on this soon by SFL director Sloane Frost, but please let us know if you are interested in participating this year.

      VI. Announce Student Opportunities Through SFL
      SFL is happy to tell students about upcoming events and opportunities that your organization hosts.  Please email us with updates as to what events you have coming up for students and deadlines for regular scholarships/fellowships/contests to which students may apply.  We will update our information accordingly to let students know about your organization.

      VII. Advertise SFL
      SFL is looking to reach more liberty oriented students so that we can offer our resources to as wide an audience as possible.  If your organization is willing to provide information about SFL to students in your programs, please let us know.  If you have student seminars and are willing to distribute SFL fliers, a copy of the flier is attached.  Please just let us know if you plan to distribute the flier. 

      If you would like to become involved with SFL in any other way, please let me know, and I'd be glad to speak with you.  We believe there is much potential for mutual collaboration between our organizations and we hope that we are able to develop a relationship to the advancement of both.  Once we hear back from you, other SFL directors will be in touch with you in future communications about each of these areas.

      If you have any questions about SFL or ways to work with SFL, do not hesitate to email me.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

      Yours In Liberty,
      Alexander McCobin

      Alexander McCobin
      Founder & Executive Director
      Students For Liberty
      A Free Academy, A Free Society

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