Sponsored by Center for Ethics and Public Engagement
Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an education activist, and the founder of the Freedom Writers
Foundation. She created the Freedom Writer Methods, a progressive teaching philosophy
and curricula designed to achieve excellence from all students. She maintains a steadfast
commitment to the future of education, and her impact as a change agent runs deep.
By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, Gruwell
transformed her students’ lives. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about
themselves and others, reconsider daily decisions, and ultimately re-chart their futures. With
Gruwell’s support, they chose to forego teenage pregnancy, drugs, and violence to become
aspiring college students, published writers, and catalysts for change. They dubbed
themselves the “Freedom Writers” –in homage to civil rights activists The Freedom
Riders—and published a book.
Questions? Contact Krista Holland, 563-387-1314