Let freedom be cherished that learning may flourish.

Our Mission

Davidsonians for Freedom of Thought and Discourse (DFTD) aims to help ensure a learning environment at Davidson College that is ideologically balanced and that promotes a lively and fearless freedom of debate and deliberation.

DFTD seeks to ensure that a core value of Davidson is free inquiry, not indoctrination in any ideology or political viewpoint. We support a campus climate that is civil, respectful, tolerant of all, and grounded in Christian values. We exist to encourage Davidson College’s Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and students to uphold the highest standards of a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual freedom, supports an unfettered search for the truth, and prepares students for productive and virtuous lives.