It turns out that this fall we are not the only Rhode Island institution thinking about the problem of mass incarceration and what we can do to help. Our friends at College Unbound are holding a symposium as well on September 21 – please see details below and forward this information to friends and colleagues who may be interested!
Educating the Incarcerated / College Unbound
September 21, 2016 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: The Met School – Black Box Theatre – 325 Public Street, Providence, RI 02905
Free Admission / Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/educating-the-incarcerated-tickets-26926796774
The Prison Bridge Program at College Unbound is hosting the first in a Reentry Symposium series to examine how higher education can play a significant role in the success of people returning home from prison. Discussion will be driven by formerly incarcerated individuals who have successfully completed degrees with the aim of supporting others on similar paths to success. The symposium is designed to bring together housing authorities, employers, social services, adult education, and the public sector to develop systems for supporting students through bachelor’s degree completion as a means of reducing recidivism and ending the cycle of incarceration. Doug Wood of the Ford Foundation, a leading advocate for and evaluator of prison teaching programs, is the keynote speaker.
About the Prison Bridge Program at College Unbound
The Prison Bridge Program seeks to provide individuals taking part in postsecondary educational programs while incarcerated with all of the necessary support systems to successfully complete their bachelor’s degree upon release. The Prison Bridge Program framework is rooted in College Unbound’s innovative project-based curriculum combining students’ passions with career interests. College Unbound was named the 13th college in Rhode Island in May of 2016 and is an alternative post-secondary educational model that is individualized, interest-based, project-driven, cohort-supported, flexible, and affordable. See a recent article about the program here.