Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2017
This description of Laura Emiko Soltis's work was prepared when Laura Emiko Soltis was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2017.
Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis leads a modern-day freedom school for undocumented youth where students receive free college-level classes, college application assistance, and the social movement leadership training they need to determine the course of their own freedom struggle. Against a backdrop of Southern states that deny undocumented students equal access to public higher education, Freedom U is creating liberatory spaces for learning and advancing undocumented students’ human right to education.
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