In its Fall/Winter 2018 issue the Columbia Newsletter writes that Freedom & Citizenship "has raised the bar in developing our next generation of high school students to become 'informed, responsible citizens.'" The newsletter is published by Columbia's Office of Government and Community Affairs as a means of providing the university's neighbors with relevant news about the campus. The newsletter can be accessed as a pdf online.
Tuesday, April 10, 2:00pm
Butler Library, Room 522
Reading "Tell Me How it Ends" gives me a recollection of all the stories that were told to me as a kid, with the majority of my family being undocumented immigrants and having to come here to the United States by crossing the border. This book was a refresher about hearing the sad stories of people getting lost and a mixed emotion of hope, fear, and skepticism.
In an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Roosevelt Montás argues America's colleges have a responsibility to bolster America's liberal democracy by educating its students as citizens. Read his editorial to see why this matters so much and what is preventing colleges from taking up this cause.
Read a student's heartfelt response to one of our newest F&C texts from the summer of 2017
Like most first-year teachers, Wendy Gomez (F&C '12) is facing a lot of new challenges on the job. But the mountains of paperwork and difficult parent-teacher conferences she knew to expect. What no one in her Houston school district saw coming was a category four hurricane that dumped up to 50 inches of rain just days before school was supposed to start.
Today, low-income high school students are less likely to apply to and enroll in colleges than they were ten years ago. Studies show that college mentoring can significantly boost students' submissions and enrollment rates, but most of our students attend schools that have one guidance counselor for every 500 students. Your mentorship can make a substantial difference in the life of a New York City student.
Shaun Abreu, a participant in the inaugural Freedom and Citizenship program of 2009, wrote an op-ed with Amber Moorer and Congressman Adriano Espaillat. Their essay defends the Upward Bound programs that President Trump's proposed budget would underfund through major cuts to TRIO spending.
Freedom and Citizenship's Casey Blake, Tamara Tweel, and Roosevelt Montás write: "Ownership of the democratic tradition is key to a civic education. [Political Philosopher Danielle] Allen understood that if students formed a personal relationship with a text, if they acquired it as a work that awakened their own civic intelligence, they would move from passive recipients of a heritage that they didn’t believe was theirs to active participants in shaping their country’s democratic future.
Undergraduate Teaching Fellow Sophie Wilkowske has received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a an MPhil in political thought and intellectual history at the University of Cambridge. Sophie is one of thirty-six American students to receive this highly prestigious award. She intends to study the place of children in relation to early modern European economic thought.
Every year the Center for American Studies hosts a summer enrichment program for low-income NYC high school students called Freedom and Citizenship. This summer we will be hiring as many as 9 paid undergraduate teaching assistants and encourage American Studies majors and concentrators to apply.
In a New York Times Op-Ed, Frank Bruni writes: [Freedom and Citizenship] assumes that these kids, like any others, are hungry for big ideas. And it wagers that tugging them into sophisticated discussions will give them a fluency and confidence that could be the difference between merely getting to college and navigating it successfully, all the way to completion, which for poor kids is often the trickiest part of all.