Jason Garshfield is a fourth year political science major at UCSB from Irvine, Calif., interested in improving the free speech situation at UCSB. This past summer, as Garshfield explains, UCSB was downgraded by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) to the lowest ranking for its speech codes — red — for a recent letter sent to students by the university that FIRE found concerning. “This is one of the worst possible things to happen in a university,” Garshfield says, “because the university should be the freest place to speak.” Garshfield wants to make a change in this area before he graduates because he has felt frustrated and voiceless about it for years.
When not at school, Garshfield lives with his parents and younger brother, who is 12. He enjoys riding his bicycle and reading science fiction, and is proud to be left-handed. Garshfield has been studying French for a year and a half, and he plans on studying abroad in France after graduation. When asked what he wants people to know about him, Garshfield said, “Just get to know me and don’t go by first appearances.”
By Elyssa Gershman