Antioch University is committed to pushing the boundaries on education. Since 1999, nearly 700 students have gathered in the Bridge Program to continue their education, engage in creative and critical discussion, and ultimately, to broaden horizons of possibility for themselves, their families, and their communities. Actress Téa Leoni has pledged to match all donations, up to $30,000, made by May 31 to support the Bridge Program at AULA. As of today, more than 80 donors have contributed to this campaign to support Bridge, which provides free college courses to adults who might not otherwise have access!
Téa has been helping us spread the word through Twitter and Facebook, and we encourage all alumni to donate to #Bridge4Change. As Téa says, “This is a unique and critical program… Every dollar you donate helps to continue and expand the Bridge Program so that we can change peoples’ lives through education.”
Each week, Bridge students attend class to begin college, to earn up to 15 transferrable units of university credit, and to study philosophy, literature, art history, writing, and urban studies – all free of charge.
Yet Bridge provides more than access to what would otherwise be an expensive education. Many have continued their education after Bridge, completing associate’s degrees, attending university, and even graduate school. Bridge students often begin to affect change in their personal lives, careers, and communities. Many participate more fully in public life, going to museums, studying at libraries, attending poetry readings, concerts, and plays. Some become active in local politics, community organizations, or nonprofits.