Freedom University is where you walk in undocumented and leave unafraid.

- Jonathan

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You Have a human right to 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.



We provide free college-level classes to undocumented students.

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Fall 2018 COURSES

Fall 2018
September - December 2018

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

Block I: College Preparation, 2:00-3:15pm

College Preparation
Professor Ashley Young and Professor Navina Vemuri

Block II:  Electives, 3:15-4:30
Professor Alex Escobar and Professor Pedro Marquez-Zacarias
Creative Writing
Dr. Cindy Lutenbacher and Dr. Rebecca Kumar

Block III: Human Rights, 4:30-5:45pm
Incarceration Nation: Race, Immigration, and Criminalization in the U.S.
Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis

Thursday Arts Class: 8:00-10:00pm
Mural Project
Professor Charmaine Minniefield

Saturday SAT Class: 10am-12pm
SAT Bootcamp
Professor Parth Viswanathan and Professor Jasmine Ko

Summer 2018 COURSES

 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

January-May 2018

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

Spanish Literature
Dr. Fernando Esquivel-Suarez and Dr. Luis Gonzalez-Barrios
Dr. Alexander Escobar and Dr. Maira Goytia
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

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



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


Biological Sciences, Professor Alexander Escobar


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


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


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



January-June, 2016

Block I: Arts Elective


Graphic Design, Professor Pamela Barba


Theater as Art and Activism, Professor Karyl Davis


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


Block II: Social Science


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


Block III: Health and Well-Being Elective


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


Freedom University Track Team, Student Initiative

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FALL 2015

September-December, 2015

Block 1: Debate and Public Speaking


Professors Ed Lee and Karyl Davis


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


Professor Brendan Ozawa-de Silva


Block III: College Preparation and SAT/ACT Tutoring


Professor Ashley Young



January-June, 2015

Block 1: Freedom University Singers


Professor Tyrone Webb


Block II: Human Rights


Race, Immigration, and Incarceration in the United States

Professor Laura Emiko Soltis


Block III: Debate and Public Speaking


Professor Ed Le and Professor Karyl Davis


Block IV: College Preparation


Professor Maria Arreguin and Professor Lauren Johnson

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FALL 2014

September-December, 2014

Block I: History and Politics


Modern Mexico: History, Politics, and Culture

Professor Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández


Block II: Arts Elective


Documentary Photography: Freedom University Photo Project 2014

Professor Laura Emiko Soltis


Music Theory, Composition, and Performance

Professor Joel Thompson


Block III: Skill-Building and Leadership Development


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


SAT Preparation and the College Application Essay

Professor Gerardo De La Torre and Professor Maria Quiñones

Andy Kim, Coordinator

Our first years: 2011-2014

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


In 2018, 1 in 3 of our students won full scholarships to college

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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.


Injustice is not inevitable.

Things can change through collective action.

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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



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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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