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What is Freedom University? In Spring 2012, a group of young people did something that had never been done before in the state of Georgia: they publicly declared that they are undocumented and then stepped out into a street in front of Georgia State University. They unfurled two banners: one read “Undocumented and Unafraid,” the other, “We Will No Longer Remain in the Shadows.” They sat down and refused to move.

In doing so, they put themselves at risk not only of being arrested (they were) but also of being deported.

What they did was both desperate and brave. The desperation came, in part, from the Board of Regents a few months earlier banning Georgia’s undocumented students from the state’s top schools. The bravery came, in part, from the example set by Civil Rights activists across history. Inspired by the heroic efforts of Georgia’s undocumented young people, who tirelessly demand their right to education, and their families’ right to live without fear of deportation and harassment by police and lawmakers, UGA professors, students and the Athens community decided to stand up beside them.

Freedom University opened its doors in October of 2011 offering college-level courses for free, regardless of immigration status. Freedom University commits to remain steadfast in its operations and will actively advocate for the ban to be overturned, but we’ll need your support.