About Us

Drawing inspiration from the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, Freedom Summer Collegiate is working towards educational equity by collaborating with partner programs to bring the nation’s most promising future academics to students who face significant obstacles on the road to college. We recruit, train, and fund doctoral candidates to provide transformative summer seminars to college-bound high school students in underserved communities. Our teaching philosophy describes our teaching and learning.

Freedom Summer Collegiate operates as a program within the Freedom Project Network, in close collaboration with the Sunflower County Freedom Project, the Meridian Freedom Project, and the Rosedale Freedom Project.

Our Team

Andy Donnelly

Executive Director

Andy Donnelly is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Harvard University. A Teach for America alum, Andy taught high school English at Lakeside High School in Chicot County, AR. He founded Freedom Summer Collegiate after teaching a course on political philosophy at the Sunflower County Freedom Project. Last summer, he taught “The 14th Amendment” at the J. Austin White Cultural Center in Eudora, AR.


Emily Gowen

Director of Development

Emily Gowen is currently working towards her Ph.D. in English at Boston University. She is an alumna of the Match Corps, a year-long urban education fellowship that trains recent college graduates to be high impact teachers. She has also taught English at St. Andrew's School, a small boarding school in rural Delaware.