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ACTA’s Dr. Steve McGuire to Appear on Panel Examining Growing Threats to Civil Liberties in Higher Education

April 23, 2024

On Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 9 am, Dr. Steve McGuire, Paul & Karen Levy Fellow in Campus Freedom at The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) will be joining a panel of experts to discuss how burgeoning administrative control at colleges and universities are endangering students’ rights of freedom of association, due process, speech, privacy and more, as well as how some students are fighting back.

The Fraternity and Sorority Action Fund will host the panel, entitled “Innocent Until Proven Greek: How Academic Bureaucracies Threaten Student Civil Liberties” at 9 a.m., Thursday, April 25, 2024, at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Registration, found at this link, is required for both the media and the public and is non-transferable. A complimentary hot breakfast is included for all registrants.

The event will be live-streamed on ACTA’s YouTube Channel.

About the Panelists

Dr. Dawn Watkins Wiese is the Chief Operating Officer of FRMT, Ltd., which provides insurance for men’s fraternal organizations. She is the founder of Plaid, an organizational and leadership consultancy. Prior to consulting, Dr. Wiese was the Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Dean of Freshmen at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. She also served as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Events and Events Planning at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.

Dr. Steve McGuire is the Paul & Karen Levy Fellow in Campus Freedom at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni ACTA). Prior to joining ACTA, Dr. McGuire was director of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good and associate teaching professor in the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program at Villanova University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Lethbridge, a master’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD from The Catholic University of America, where he was a Bradley Fellow and an ISI Richard M. Weaver Fellow. He was a 2021 Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow.

Micah Kamrass is an attorney specializing in higher education at Manley Burke, where he represents both the men’s and women’s groups suiting the University of Maryland for civil rights violations. He attended The Ohio State University for undergraduate, graduate and law school. Here, he served as the student body president representing more than 40,000 of his fellow students, as well as president of Alpha Epsilon Pi and on the group’s International Supreme Board of Governors. He earned a PhD in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. He is also an adjunct professor teaching higher education law at the University of Louisville.

Farah Aliabadi is a sophomore at the University of Maryland studying psychology. She is the president of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.

Garrett Bruce is a sophomore at the University of Maryland studying finance and management. He is the president of Kappa Alpha Order and the former Chief Justice of the UMD Interfraternity Council Judiciary Board.

Follow this link to register for the event. It will be live-streamed on ACTA’s YouTube Channel if you are interested but cannot attend.

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