Accomplices in Post-Carceral World-Building: Higher Education and Correctional Partnerships

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Ex-convicts -- United States -- Social conditions, Prisoners -- Deinstitutionalization -- United States, Prisoners as authors, Teaching teams


In this integrated symposium session, the panelists will interact with each other and with participants to share the approaches we have taken in forming, nurturing, and growing a university-prison partnership through and beyond the course “Writing as Activism.” Based on the model developed at the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Temple University, this course meets inside Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI), a minimum-security correctional facility in Portland, Oregon, and brings together “inside” students incarcerated in the institution with “outside” students from Portland State University (PSU) to form an inclusive learning community. The panelists will include the faculty member and course developer; two former students and teaching assistants in the course; and CRCI’s rehabilitation services manager, who plans, monitors, and advocates for educational and other programming in the prison.


Interactive session presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, “The will to reimagine the study of higher education,” Portland, Oregon.

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