Carbondale, Colorado, United States
Kelsey Freeman, from Carbondale, Colorado, is pursuing a master’s degree in international policy at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. Kelsey graduated magna cum laude and as a Phi Beta Kappa member from Bowdoin College with high honors in government and legal studies. She focuses on immigration policy and Indigenous rights. Her debut book No Option but North was published in 2020 and is based off of her year on a Fulbright Fellowship in Mexico interviewing Central American migrants. It won the 2021 Colorado Book Award and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She has spoken and interviewed across the U.S. on immigration policy. Kelsey also worked at Central Oregon Community College, where she developed a culturally based college-readiness program for Native American high school students. She also facilitated workshops on equity, advised the college’s Dreamers’ Club, and served on the City of Bend Accessibility Advisory Committee.