DePaul University, a higher education institution located in Chicago, Illinois, had previously ruled that the Young Americans for Liberty chapter could not invite conservative YouTube commentator Steven Crowder to their campus. Crowder often ridicules and mocks liberal and leftist commentary and has a significant social media presence and following.
The university’s Speaker Review Board, when it declined the speech, said the following, according to Campus Reform:
“The Speaker Review Board denied this speaker request due to their research on Mr. Crowder and came to the conclusion that he creates videos to purposely to rouse and provoke people by making fun of the opposing side.”
Now, the university reversed its stance.
The Speaker Review Board agreed to reconsider the speech invitation, met with several YAF chapter members, and approved Crowder’s speech and a pending speech by James O’Keefe.