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COLL 300 (Unrest): "Inclusion and the University: Conversations with Students from Freedom University"

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Emiko Soltis, speaker, scholar, human rights advocate and activist

Emiko Soltis, Executive Director of Freedom University, and several Freedom University students gave the third of three campus COLL 300 presentations in Spring 2017.

Based in Atlanta, Freedom University is inspired by the legacy of the Southern freedom school tradition. Freedom U. provides a tuition - free education, college application and scholarship assistance, and social movement leadership training to undocumented students banned from public higher education in Georgia. The mission for Freedom University is "to empower undocumented youth and fulfill their human right to education." Freedom U. was founded as a response to Georgia's Board of Regents banning undocumented students from admission to the state's top five public universities in 2010. Emiko Soltis is the Executive Director of Freedom University in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Soltis will be engaging students and faculty across campus with several of Freedom U. students.

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Sponsors
  • Dean's Office, Arts & Sciences
  • Center for the Liberal Arts
  • Latin American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

COLL 300 campus visitors bring the world to W&M. They aspire to stimulate a fruitful experience of disorientation that allows students to see their own lives in broader perspective.

Spring 2017 Campus COLL300 Theme “Unrest:” At an institution dedicated to inquiry and examination, the intellectual waters are always in a state of unrest. Unrest, in a scientific sense, can imply loss of equilibrium. Unrest can be one feature of a psychological state leading to questioning or creativity; of a social state leading to criticism or conflict. Unrest can be a stimulus or a crisis, a challenge or a moment