914 East Jefferson
SU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Emiko Soltis, Executive Director of Freedom University
Seattle, WA – January, 2019 – The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in association with Moral Mondays at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter Initiative at Seattle University, is proud to present the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. This year’s theme is immigration and migration, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Emiko Soltis, Executive Director of Freedom University in Atlanta, GA. Note, this free event is held the “day after” the official holiday on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 6:30pm in the Campion Ballroom, Campion Tower, located at 914 East Jefferson on the Seattle University campus.
Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis is the Executive Director of Freedom University (FU), a modern-day freedom school based in Atlanta that provides rigorous college preparation classes, college and scholarship application assistance, and leadership development for undocumented students in Georgia.
As an experienced social movement strategist, Emiko works to advance the undocumented student movement by building bridges between undocumented and documented student groups, advocating for fair admissions policies and sanctuary policies in higher education, and cultivating intergenerational relationships between undocumented students and veterans of the Black Freedom Movement. Emiko continues to serve as the Professor of Human Rights, teaching classes in international human rights, social movement theory, and immigration history.
As an active public scholar, she writes and lectures frequently on topics such as human rights advocacy, undocumented student activism, workers’ rights and economic justice, music and mobilization, and student movements. For her longtime work as a human rights activist and popular education practitioner, Emiko was awarded the Telemundo Héroe Luchadora Award
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and the Ashoka Fellowship in 2017, and was selected as a Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow in 2018.
Emiko received her B.A. from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2012. She is also an accomplished photographer, violinist, and vocalist, and has performed in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center with the Grammy award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. She enjoys dancing cumbia, being a good friend, and laughing until she cries, and is the proud mom of four rescue dogs.
Freedom University is a modern-day freedom school based in Atlanta that provides rigorous college preparation classes, college and scholarship application assistance, and leadership development for undocumented students in Georgia. The mission of FU is to empower undocumented youth and fulfill their human right to education as outlined in their beliefs:
We believe that all human beings – regardless of race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or citizenship status – have a right to education. We uphold Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to education and that higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
We believe that human rights are universal, inalienable, and interdependent. Regardless of where people are born or what borders they may cross, human beings have rights by virtue of their humanity that can never be taken away. Because human rights are interdependent, we believe that our movements for human dignity are interdependent as well. As such, Freedom University partners with human rights organizations working to advance racial justice, gender equality, workers’ rights, indigenous rights, and freedom in all its forms.
MORAL MONDAYS at SU is the #BlackLivesMatter Initiative at Seattle University. Founded in October of 2014, by staff member and alumnus (’10) Tyrone Brown, the initiative was inspired by the Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson, Missouri. The name is inspired by the Moral Monday protest movement out of North Carolina. Programs are held everyone Monday of each quarter from the first Monday of classes thru the Monday before finals week. The goal of MORAL MONDAYS at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter initiative at Seattle University, is threefold:
- Advocating for Seattle University as a place and space for the national conversation on race, police violence and the #BlackLivesMatter movement
- Focusing on the Black presence – past, present, and future – at Seattle University
- Highlighting the ways in which Seattle University directly or indirectly contributes to the
problems and / or solutions facing Black communities
Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university and law school located on 50 acres in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges.
Who: Keynote by Dr. Emiko Soltis, Executive Director of Freedom University in Atlanta, GA What: Seattle University’s Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
When: This free event is held the “day after” the official holiday on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 6:30pm
Where: Campion Ballroom, Campion Tower, located at 914 East Jefferson on the Seattle University campus
Why: Martin Luther King Jr. legacy direction connection to the contemporary and complex issues of immigration and migration
How: RSVP for this free event at email@example.com. This event is open to the campus community and the general public. Questions? Contact Tyrone Brown at (206) 296- 6074