March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Thursday, March 7 • 2:30pm - 3:40pm
Dismantling the Walls: Facilitating Higher Learning in California Prisons and Jails

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In the past 5 years, there has been a rapid expansion of opportunities for men and women who are incarcerated in California to further their education while in custody. The state is on it’s way to creating a prison to college pipeline that will impact students’ lives in a profound way. This workshop will provide an overview of the expansion of higher education in prisons and jails in the state of California. Two case studies will be presented: Cal State Los Angeles offers the only face to face BA degree program for incarcerated students in the state of California and also provides re-entry support via Project Rebound. Pitzer College (along with the Claremont Colleges) offers credit-bearing Inside-Out courses at the California Rehabilitation Center and is doing work to connect community college classes (from Norco) and their associate degree for transfer to their private college classes. They also work on reentry services and prison reform advocacy outside of the classroom. The workshop will explore the challenges of this work, the impact it has on students both in custody and on campus and what the potential is for this work to grow across the state.


Taffany Lim

senior director, California State University Los Angeles

Tessa Hicks Peterson

Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Pitzer College
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Ella Turenne

Associate Dean, Occidental College

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm PST