USD To Host "Freedom Writer" Erin Gruwell

SAN DIEGO, CA: Erin Gruwell, author of Freedom Writers Diarywill discuss her students' firsthand experience of racism, poverty and the struggle for education, as they became narrators of their own stories and lives. The event is sponsored by the School of Leadership & Education Sciences, the United Front Multicultural Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Mulvaney Center. 


Gruwell founded the Freedom Writers Foundation in 1997, following the Los Angeles Riots, to support her students who at the time felt overlooked within the educational system, and "to inspire young, under privileged students to pick up pens instead of guns."


WHO:      Erin Gruwell, founder, Freedom Writers Foundtaion


WHAT:    Lecture on the Freedom Writers and activism in today's soceity


WHEN:    Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7pm


WHERE:   Mother Rosalie Hill Warren Hall

    5998 Alcala Park

    San Diego, CA 92110


The event is free and open to the public. 

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. In February 2016, USD launched the public phase of Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represents the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university and builds upon the strong philanthropic momentum achieved by USD in recent years. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Melissa Olesen
(619) 260-4659