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Class of 2015 Alum Elected to City Council

Yellow Springs, OH (March 7, 2019) – On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Perri Freeman ’15, was elected to the Burlington, VT, City Council as a Progressive candidate, defeating a longtime incumbent running as an Independent. Freeman is a member of the first graduating class of the newly independent Antioch College following its reopening.

Freeman engaged in grassroots organizing and ran on a platform that included addressing climate change at the city level and affordable housing. In an interview with VTDigger, Freeman explains that she felt her winning campaign reached people who felt disenfranchised. On her campaign website, Freeman states that she “began organizing around community and environmental issues in 2013 while studying history at Antioch College.”

Perri Freeman received a Horace Mann Fellowship from the College, a competitive fellowship that guaranteed free tuition for her four-year degree, and graduated with a BA in History. One of 35 students who entered Antioch College in 2011, Freeman was selected from among 3,000 applicants looking for admission to the historic institution. During her time at Antioch College, her varied Co-op placements included an organic farm in the US and a community center for street children in San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico. Freeman also worked as an administrative assistant at Yellow Springs Home, Inc. and an academic tutor for Yellow Springs Public Schools, where she helped lead a new literacy program for at-risk students and instructed an introductory Spanish course for middle school students.

Chair of the Writing Program and Assistant Professor of Writing and Digital Literacy Brooke Bryan served as Freeman’s Co-op advisor and also taught her writing. Bryan comments, “Perri's approach to local politics is entirely Antiochian in spirit — a commitment to social change and a willingness to work on big issues in small places, achieved through a boots-on-the-ground sense of inquiry and collaboration.”

Assistant Professor of History Rahul Nair remembers Freeman as active in the campus community. He says, “Perri was a student who was passionate about the issues she cared about, particularly those connected with gender representation and community mental health, about which she wrote a very well-researched senior project (I served as the Senior Project advisor). She took an active role in community governance while at Antioch College, serving as the ComCil President, and it is no surprise therefore to hear about her election to the Burlington City Council.”

The Antioch College community wishes Freeman great success in her new role.


About Antioch College

Antioch College is a groundbreaking and progressive institution and community, dedicated to winning victories for humanity and the planet. Antioch students apply their classroom learning in the world at-large, through extended Co-op work placements with national and international organizations. Antioch teaches and lives its commitments to own your education, learn experientially, and act for justice. Antioch College is located in Yellow Springs, OH, in the heart of the Miami Valley.