The Freedom and Citizenship college seminar and academic enrichment program began in 2009 as a partnership between Columbia’s Double Discovery Center and the Center for American Studies. Our goal is to introduce dedicated high school students to college-level work in the humanities and prepare them for lives as informed, responsible citizens.
Students attend a free four-week residential program in July where they take an intensive seminar course on political philosophy taught by Ivy League professors. The summer program is followed by a year-long civic leadership project where students research contemporary political issues and develop advocacy initiatives under the supervision of undergraduate teaching assistants.
This year we are excited to offer a $1,000 stipend to students to make the program accessible to those who might otherwise need to find work in July. Students will receive part of the stipend at the end of the summer seminar and the remainder at the end of the academic year. Students must participate in the full program to earn the stipend.