Derek Araujo was one of the founders and the first student president of the Campus Freethought Alliance in 1996. At the time he was attending Harvard College where he also founded the Harvard Secular Society before graduating magna cum laude in 1999. Mr. Araujo has since received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School where he was a senior editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and is now an attorney based in the New York City.
On July 15th 2006 Derek Araujo addressed a group of over 70 student leaders and about 35 CFI Community leaders gathered at the Center for Inquiry headquarters in Amherst NY for CFI’s Student Leadership Conference, marking the 10th anniversary of the Campus Freethought Alliance, now known as Center for Inquiry On Campus. This special episode of Point of Inquiry features Mr. Araujo’s remarks, in their entirety, with an introduction by Paul Kurtz.
Also in this episode, student leaders Eric Toedter from the University of Florida and Adria Updike from Clemson University share their thoughts about the importance of freethought and skeptical student activism and detail ways that other students can get involved in CFI’s campus outreach efforts.