After a year of discussion, a round-table session at the 2023 conference in Orlando, FL, and a special Seminar on Academic Freedom earlier this fall, the ICPEL Executive Board, in collaboration with JEDI, approved a Statement on Academic Freedom in Educational Leadership at its regularly scheduled board meeting on December 4th. This decision communicates and reasserts our mission in ensuring access and inclusion of underrepresented groups into the professorship and administration promoting social justice in education and serving as an advocate for professors of educational administration and as an authority on critical issues. As an international association that represents faculty and programs that train and develop school and district leaders, we take an active role in addressing issues that impact our ability to implement programs that critical thinking and innovation, the free exchange of ideas, and protect the rights of faculty and programs to make decisions in the best interest of our students and our field. This is not the end of this discussion, but only the beginning as we encourage open discussion on these and other important issues. We look forward to engaging with you through JEDI and other opportunities throughout the year.