Undocumented immigrants in Georgia paid more than $352 million in state and local taxes in 2012.

Their taxes help fund public universities.

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Tuition-free education

At Freedom University, we uphold Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone - by the virtue of their humanity - has the right to education and that higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. While the state of Georgia violates this right under Policy 4.1.6 and Policy 4.3.4, Freedom University seeks to remedy this exclusion by fulfilling undocumented students’ right to education. We do this by providing students completely free, rigorous college preparation courses in a variety of academic disciplines and infusing principles of human rights and social justice into our liberatory pedagogy.

In return, we ask that students commit to weekly attendance and disciplined individual study, supporting their undocumented peers, and never giving up on their dreams of attending college. We also encourage our students to apply their education and deepened political consciousness in their daily lives in ways that advance the broader immigrant rights movement and contribute to the public good.

 

 
 
 

Please stay tuned for details about our Fall 2018 Program!

 
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Summer 2018 COURSES

CURRENT TERM

Fall 2018
September 9 - December 9, 2018

Courses to be announced

Sunday Core Classes: 2:00-6:00pm

Thursday Arts Classes: 8:00-10:00pm

Saturday SAT Class: 10:00am-12:00pm

 

SUMMER 2018
June-August 2018


Sunday Core Classes: 2:00-4:00pm
College Preparation
Professors Laura Emiko Soltis and Hodari James
SAT Boot Camp
Professors Jasmine Ko and Parth Viswanathan


Thursday Arts Classes: 8:00-10:00pm
Freedom University Mural Project
Professors Charmaine Minniefield and Fahamu Pecou
Latin Dance
Professor Simone Maccarrone

 

Spring 2018 COURSES

CURRENT TERM

SPRING 2018
January-May 2018

Block I: CLEP Electives, 2:00-3:30

Spanish Literature
Dr. Fernando Esquivel-Suarez and Dr. Luis Gonzalez-Barrios
Biology
Dr. Alexander Escobar and Dr. Maira Goytia
French
Professor Hugo Bujon and Professor Brendan Moore

Block II:  Human Rights, 3:30-4:30
Movement Leadership Training
Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis and Professor Arizbeth Sanchez

Block III: College Preparation, 4:30-6:00
Legal Studies
Professor Tanya Washington and Professor Tiffany Roberts
Creative Writing
Dr. Cindy Lutenbacher and Dr. Gregg Murray

Arts Classes: 8:00-9:30pm
Drawing and Painting
Professor Charmaine Minniefield
Latin Dance
Professor Simone Maccarrone

 

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FALL 2017

September-December, 2017

Block I: CLEP Electives, 2:00-3:15

Spanish Literature
Dr. Fernando Esquivel-Suarez and Dr. Luis Gonzalez-Barrios

Biology
Dr. Alexander Escobar and Dr. Maira Goytia

 

Block II:  Human Rights, 3:15-4:45

Human Rights and Immigration in the United States:

The Making of the Undocumented Student Movement

Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis

 

Block III: College Preparation, 4:45-6:00

College 101: Welcoming Colleges, the Common Application, and the Personal Statement

Professor Ashley Young

 

SPRING 2017

January-May, 2017

Block I: Latin American Studies, 1:30-2:45pm

Gender in Latin America

Professor Yanna Yannakakis and Professor Karen Stolley

 

Block II: CLEP College Credit Electives, 3:00-4:15pm

General Chemistry, Professor Daniel Deocampo

or

Biological Sciences, Professor Alexander Escobar

or

French, Professor Subha Xavier and Professor Claire Berger
Graduate Assistants: Hugo Bujon and Brendan Moore

 

Block III: Creative Arts Electives, 4:30-5:45pm

Graphic Design, Professor Pamela Barba

or

Poetry and Creative Writing, Professor Cindy Lutenbacher

 

Block IV: Undocumented Student Space, 6:00-7:00pm

Student-run space for individual projects and collective well-being

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FALL 2016

September-December, 2016

Block I: CLEP College Credit Courses, 1:30-2:45

College Algebra, Professor Benito Thompson

or

U.S. Government, Professor Ryan Maltese

 

Block II: Latin American Studies, 3:00-4:15

Border Studies: Immigration, Identity, and the Undocumented Student Movement

Professor Laura Emiko Soltis

 

Block III: College Preparation, 4:30-5:45

The College Essay, SAT Preparation, and Completing the Common App

Professor Lauren Johnson

 

Block IV: Health and Well-Being, 6:00-7:00

Yoga or Cross Country

Professor Nicola Graves

 

SPRING 2016

January-June, 2016

Block I: Arts Elective

2:00-3:15pm

Graphic Design, Professor Pamela Barba

(or)

Theater as Art and Activism, Professor Karyl Davis

(or)

Freedom University Singers: A Capella Vocal Ensemble, Professors Tyrone Webb and Joel Thompson

 

Block II: Social Science

3:30-4:45pm

A People's History of the United States, Professor Laura Emiko Soltis

 

Block III: Health and Well-Being Elective

5:00-6:00pm

Meditation and Yoga, Professors Brendan Ozawa-de Silva and Nicola Graves

(or)

Freedom University Track Team, Student Initiative

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FALL 2015

September-December, 2015

Block 1: Debate and Public Speaking

2:00-3:15pm

Professors Ed Lee and Karyl Davis

 

Block II: Mindfulness and Compassion: The Science, Theory, and Practice of Meditation

3:30-4:45pm

Professor Brendan Ozawa-de Silva

 

Block III: College Preparation and SAT/ACT Tutoring

5:00-6:15pm

Professor Ashley Young

 

SPRING 2015

January-June, 2015

Block 1: Freedom University Singers

2:00-2:50pm

Professor Tyrone Webb

 

Block II: Human Rights

3:00-3:50pm

Race, Immigration, and Incarceration in the United States

Professor Laura Emiko Soltis

 

Block III: Debate and Public Speaking

4:00-4:50pm

Professor Ed Le and Professor Karyl Davis

 

Block IV: College Preparation

5:00-5:50pm

Professor Maria Arreguin and Professor Lauren Johnson

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FALL 2014

September-December, 2014

Block I: History and Politics

2:00-2:50pm

Modern Mexico: History, Politics, and Culture

Professor Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández

 

Block II: Arts Elective

3:00-3:50pm

Documentary Photography: Freedom University Photo Project 2014

Professor Laura Emiko Soltis

or

Music Theory, Composition, and Performance

Professor Joel Thompson

 

Block III: Skill-Building and Leadership Development

4:00-4:50pm

Human Rights in the United States: History, Theory, and Skill-Building for Social Change

Professor Laura Emiko Soltis and featured guest speakers

 

Block IV: College Preparation

5:00-5:50pm

SAT Preparation and the College Application Essay

Professor Gerardo De La Torre and Professor Maria Quiñones

Andy Kim, Coordinator

 

Spring Term II, 2014

Global Migration in the Americas: Rethinking Race, Gender, and Labor

Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis

March 23- June 8

 

Spring Term I, 2014

Negotiating Identities in Visual Culture and Performance

Dr. Betina Kaplan, Dr. Diego del Pozo

January 12- March 2

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Fall Term II, 2013

Gender Identities and Writing the Self

Dr. Dana Bultman, Dr. JoBeth Allen

November 17- December 15, 2013

 

Fall Term I, 2013

Who Belongs Here?: Race, Identity, and Social Movements in the U.S. South

Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis

September 1- November 10, 2013

 

Spring Term II, 2013

Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Dr. Lorgia García Peña

March 17 - May 12th, 2013

 

Spring Term I, 2013

Ancient World Cultures

Prof. Dana Bultman

January 13 - March 10, 2013

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Fall 2012

Mexican and United States History in Global Perspective

Dr. Pamela Voekel and Dr. Bethany Moreton

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Fall 2011

American Civilization I  

Dr. Betina Kaplan, Dr. Lorgia García-Peña, Dr. Pamela Voekel, Dr. Bethany Moreton

 
 
 

Approximately 2.5 million undocumented youth live in the
United States

 
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College application and scholarship assistance

The Challenge

Applying to college as an undocumented student is a confusing and overwhelming process. Each state has different policies regarding residency requirements and tuition rates, and private universities often do not publish information on their admissions and financial aid policies for undocumented applicants. Moreover, paying for college is out of reach for most undocumented families, as undocumented students do not qualify for any form of federal financial aid, including work-study programs, pell grants, or student loans. 

 

The Solution

Freedom University has seven years of experience in working with partner universities and assisting students in all steps in the college application process: from SAT test prep, to Common Application completion, to college tour and interview preparation, to faculty recommendations, to scholarship application assistance. Students are held to high standards and are expected to take initiative and responsibility throughout the college application process. As a result of our collaborative work with our students, one in three students at Freedom University won full scholarships to college in 2018.

 
 
 
 

Georgia’s admissions bans are in violation of international human rights law.

 
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Social movement leadership training

Seeds of change

While an important part of our work is providing tuition-free classes and helping students gain admission into college, our students also recognize that unequal access to higher education is an injustice that can only be overturned through collective action. After all, underground schools for undocumented students banned from public universities should not have to exist in the 21st century. 

As a freedom school committed to liberatory pedagogy, Freedom University provides social movement leadership training opportunities for students interested in social justice activism and creating the conditions for systemic change. These trainings include media training, legal training, public speaking seminars, and opportunities for participation in highly disciplined and organized direct actions. 

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." - Frederick Douglass

 
 
 
 

Services

 
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Services

In addition to tuition-free classes, Freedom University also provides our students with select services crucial to their immigration status and overall well-being. Specifically, we provide assistance in the DACA renewal process and cover the cost of application fees. We also provide students with access to our network of trusted mental health professionals trained in cultural competency in the immigrant community. Students therefore have access to free weekly sessions with a trained mental health counselor to help them cope with the daily stresses and trauma of living as an undocumented young person.

 
 
 
 

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