Freedom University Mission Statement

Freedom University

Mission Statement

 

Freedom University formed in the summer of 2011 in response to a spate of anti-immigrant laws passed in Georgia during the previous year. During that time, the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents banned undocumented students from the state’s most exclusive research universities. Many of these students have resided in Georgia since early childhood. Freedom University is a volunteer-driven organization that provides rigorous college-level instruction to all academically qualified students regardless of their immigration status. Our faculty are fully committed to providing our students with college courses identical to those taught at the state’s most exclusive universities. We believe that all Georgians have an equal right to a quality education. Separate and unequal access to higher education contravenes this country’s most cherished principles of equality and justice for all.

 

Freedom University

National Board of Advisors

Junot Díaz

Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Drown

Silvia Marina Arrom

Professor of History and Jane’s Professor of Latin American Studies

Brandeis University

Paola Bacchetta

Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

University of California at Berkeley

Laura Briggs

Professor and Chair, Department of Women’s Studies

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Ann D. Braude

Director, Women’s Studies in Religion Program

Harvard Divinity School

Michael Denning

William R. Kenan Professor of American Studies

and Director of the Initiative on Labor and Culture

Yale University

Ada Ferrer

Assoc. Professor of History and Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

New York University

Neil Foley

Professor of History and American Studies

University of Texas at Austin

Tom Fritsche, Esquire

Southern Poverty Law Center

Katharine Gin

Co-founder and Director

Educators for Fair Consideration

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.,

William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies

Department of Religion

Chair, Center for African American Studies

Princeton University

Glenda Gilmore

Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History, African American Studies and American Studies

Yale University

Greg Grandin

Professor of History

New York University

Karen Graubart

Carl E. Koch Associate Professor of History

Notre Dame University

Nicole Guidotti-Hernández

Assoc. Professor of American Studies

University of Texas at Austin

David G. Gutiérrez

Professor of History

University of California at San Diego

Laura G. Gutiérrez

Assoc. Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

University of Arizona

Barbara Sarah Haley

Asst. Professor of History

University of California at Los Angeles

Robin D. G. Kelley

Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity

University of Southern California

Kung Li, Esquire

Atlanta, Georgia

Claudio Lomnitz

Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology

Columbia University

Victor M. Macías González

Assoc. Professor of History

Director, Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies

University of Wisconsin at La Crosse

Nancy MacLean

Arts and Sciences Professor of History

Duke University

Florencia Mallon

Professor and Chair, Department of History

University of Wisconsin

Beatriz Manz

Professor of Ethnic Studies

University of California at Berkeley

María Elena Martínez López

Assoc. Professor of History and American Studies and Ethnicity

University of Southern California

Mark Overmyer-Velázquez

Assoc. Professor of History and Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

University of Connecticut

Naomi Paik

Asst. Professor of American Studies

University of Texas at Austin

Stephen Pitti

Professor of History and American Studies

Director of the Program in Ethnicity and Immigration

Yale University

Barbara Ransby

Professor of History and African-American Studies

University of Illinois at Chicago

Dionicia Ramos

Assistant Director, Latin American Studies Center

The University of California at Berkeley

George J. Sánchez

Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History

University of Southern California

Jennifer Scheper Hughes

Asst. Professor of Religion

University of California at Riverside

Alicia Schmidt-Camacho,

Sarai Ribicoff Associate Professor of American Studies

Yale University

Gabriela Soto Laveaga

Assoc. Professor of History

University of California at Santa Barbara

Steve J. Stern

Alberto Flores Galindo Professor of History

University of Wisconsin

Julie Weise

Asst. Professor of International Studies

California State University at Long Beach

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