You are invited to attend the Freedom Scholars Symposium, a celebration of the learning and service completed by the Scholars each year. During the scholarship program, Freedom Scholars have identified a challenge(s) facing their local communities. The service project(s) is i implemented with the assistance of community partners and civic-leader mentors. The Freedom Scholars Symposium offers peers, family members, community members, teachers and mentors an opportunity to share in the success and growth of knowledge the Freedom Scholars have experienced throughout the academic year. Following a plenary speaker, attendees will hear from the Scholars as they present their work.

2024 Symposium: Freedom Struggles

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 // Moseley Center, 100 Campus Drive, Elon, N.C.

Keynote speaker: Chris Wilson, social justice advocate and visual artist

The author of “The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose,” Chris Wilson splits his time between Baltimore, Maryland, New York City and Miami. Through his work, he investigates societal injustices, human relationships and public policies. His artwork is collected and displayed internationally. He is also the founder of the Chris Wilson Foundation, which supports social entrepreneurs and prison education, including reentry and financial literacy for returning citizens, as well as art-related programs.

Please note: The event is free and open to the public, but registration is highly encouraged.

Program at a glance

8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
Art Exhibition & Sale Open Throughout the Day
Moseley 215
9–10 a.m. Welcome & Keynote Address
Chris Wilson, Founder, The Chris Wilson Foundation
10–11:15 a.m. Session 1
(Location: McKinnon Hall)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Session 2
(Location: Lakeside Meeting Rooms)
12:30–1 p.m. Lunch
(Location: McKinnon Hall)
1:15–2:15 p.m. Session 3
(Location: Lakeside Meeting Rooms)
2:30–3:30 p.m. Session 4
(Location: Lakeside Meeting Rooms)
3:45–4:15 p.m. Closing & Awards Ceremony
(Location: McKinnon Hall)