UPDATE: Freedom University just launched a fundraising site where they ask for donations and also link to their Amazon wish list. According to the site, “All funds will go toward the cost of books, materials, and transportation to ensure that all students receive the education they deserve.”
Undocumented students who can’t enroll at any of the Georgia colleges or universities have a chance to experience higher education after a group of professors from the University of Georgia started taking applications for what has been called Freedom University.
UGA professor Lorgia García Peña told me in an interview for MundoHispánico that apart from fighting for the Georgia laws to end, the idea propelling this initiative is to give as many undocumented youth the opportunity to get what currently is close to impossible in this state: a college education.
“The idea is that those who enroll in this free class can be exposed to the kind of course they would be taking in their freshman year,” she said.
García Peña explained that this free class will touch on the American Experience through the lens of immigration and history.
The only requisites to join this once-a-month class are to have a high school diploma or GED and show commitment, the teacher said.
The deadline to apply is September 15 and those interested can find more information at their recently-launched web site.
Freedom University comes at a time when undocumented students in Georgia cannot easily enroll in the top five universities in Georgia due to a ban the State Board of Regents approved last fall.
At the national level, undocumented youth continue with their actions of civil disobedience furthering their fight for the passage of the DREAM Act, piece of legislation that turned 10 years old last August.
At the time, there were only 501 undocumented students—close to 1 percent of the total student population—attending these universities.
The Migration Policy Institute estimates there are some 74,000 potential DREAM Act beneficiaries living in Georgia.