Check out the following tutoring opportunity from the Center for Prison Education!
The Center for Prison Education is now accepting applications for tutors for the 2018-2019 academic year. Tutors travel with CPE staff to Cheshire or York Correctional Institution for one three-hour study hall session each week for an entire semester, working individually with students on coursework in a wide range of disciplines. More information is available on the application form. Applications are due by Saturday, April 28th.
Stipends are available for work study students. Please contact cpefellow[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with any questions.
The Allbritton Center is the hub of civic engagement at Wesleyan. We study public life, actively partner with the local and regional community, and teach practical skills for social impact. Come to our open house and learn about all of the classes, trainings, funding, mentoring, and extracurricular opportunities that we offer!
Nina Gerona ’15, Micaela Kaye ’15, Michael Linden ’15, Marisa Guerrero ’15, Aidan Martinez ’17, and Mika Reyes ’17 will speak about their experiences in various programs and how civic engagement has enriched their time at Wes. Pre-frosh, current students, and parents are all welcome. There will be light refreshments.
Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 311
From CPE Fellow Shannon Nelson ’14:
Are you passionate about social justice and access to higher education? Interested in volunteering with Wesleyan’s college in prison program? The Center for Prison Education is currently accepting applications for Writing Tutor and Research Intern positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. Follow the links for the Peer Tutor and Research Intern descriptions, applications, and editing exercise.
Also: Check out this awesome short documentary about the program, directed by Cara Tratner ’12 and Becky Gillig ’12
The Peer Tutor application is due on Sunday, April 12th at 11:59 pm. The Research Intern application is due on Friday, May 1st at 11:59 pm. If you have any questions, please email senelson[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Attention seniors and recent alumni! Are you interested in civic engagement, community service, and social entrepreneurship? Apply to be the 2015-2016 Civic Engagement Fellow! This one-year position involves working closely with offices across campus – including the Center for Community Partnerships, Allbritton Center, Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and Service-Learning Center – to support students and faculty in civic engagement endeavors.
Another fantastic opportunity situated within the CCP is the 2015-2016 Center for Prison Education Fellowship, where the Fellow coordinates and oversees many aspects of Wesleyan’s college programs at Cheshire and York Correctional Institutions.
The review of applications for these one-year positions will begin on Wednesday, April 1. The fellowships are open to anyone, but Wesleyan seniors and alumni are strongly preferred. Current Civic Engagement Fellow Rosy Capron ‘14 (scapron[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) and CPE Fellow Shannon Nelson ’14 (senelson[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) will gladly answer any questions.
Center for Prison Education Fellow Zach Fischman ’13, folks:
Reverend Jason Lyndon from the Boston-based prison reform Black and Pink is coming to Wesleyan! Reverend Jason will be leading a discussion about the current state of the prison system in America at 5’oclock, where he’ll give an overview of America’s problem with mass incarceration. At 6 o’clock, he’ll run a “letter writing session,” where we’ll write notes to incarcerated folks who identify as LGBTQ.
Date: TODAY, Monday April 21st
Place: Allbritton 318 (CCP Student Lounge)
Cost: Free Hundred
“I, like everyone else, have the prerogative to define my ‘I am.'”
Last April, we posted a letter from Andre Pierce, an incarcerated student enrolled at the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education (CPE). The responses to that post were overwhelmingly positive, but there were some comments that questioned Andre calling himself a Wesleyan student. Last year’s CPE fellow printed all of those comments and brought them to Andre in prison. Here is his response to them:
My name is Andre Pierce, and I am an African-American prisoner at Cheshire Correctional Institution. I’ve been enrolled in the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education (CPE) for five years. The CPE offers credit-bearing courses, taught by Wesleyan professors, inside prison walls. The CPE’s student population has expanded from 18 to 36 incarcerated students over the past five years. CPE has been rewarding to me not merely in an academic sense, but also in a personal sense. It has and continues to expand my worldview. It sharpens my critical thinking skills like a blade. It improves my communication skills to the level where I can seriously engage with Wesleyan professors about their academic interests. The CPE has been so life altering for me that I felt the need to share this experience with you, the Wesleyan student body, in the spring of 2013, in an essay titled Wesleyan Aids a Prisoner in Rehabilitation that was published on Wesleying.
From David Whitney ’16:
Four funky bands want you to DANCE YRSELF (to a) CLEAN (record). Come think about mass incarceration while you’re dancing. Come think about educating prisoners while you’re dancing. Come think about the prison industrial complex while you’re dancing. Come support the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education at Psi U.
FEAT: SKY BARS; HONEYLUNG; DON FROOT; ARI & ARIAN.
Time: Doors open at 9:30
Place: Psi U
Don’t know what you’re doing after graduation yet? Interested in prison education? Then Maddie Neufeld ’12 wants you to apply to fill her shoes as the Center for Prison Education Fellow next year:
Apply to be next year’s Fellow for the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education. As the Fellow you will coordinate Wesleyan courses in prison, mentor incarcerated students, provide support to faculty and undergraduates teaching and volunteering in the program, recruit professors to teach, and build support for the program amongst various constituents. Application are due Friday, May 10th.
Have questions about the position? Contact current fellow, Maddie Neufeld ’12, at mneufeld[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Deadline: Friday, May 10th
Contact: Maddie Neufeld ’12, mneufeld[at]wesleyan[dot]edu
“Wesleyan Aids a Prisoner in Rehabilitation”
Andre Pierce writes in to share his experience as a member of the Wesleyan community through the Center for Prison Education:
In 2009 Wesleyan University entered Cheshire Correctional Institution (C.C.I.) and began aiding in my rehabilitation. My enrollment in the Center for Prison Education (CPE) has first and foremost improved me as a student. My identity as a student is one in which I take pride. Unfortunately, I’m more than a student; I’m also a prisoner, one who’s on a reach for rehabilitation. I, however, prefer to not compartmentalize my identity as a college student and prisoner, but rather have them interact and feed off of each other. I use the tools acquired as a student to cross over and aid in my rehabilitation.
CPE was co-founded by former Wesleyan students Lexi Sturdy ’10 and Russell Perkins ’10. They brought CPE to prison grounds in 2009, allowing for prisoners at C.C.I. to earn college credits from courses on par with those offered on campus. I, along with 18 other prisoners, was accepted into the program after submitting two essays and undergoing an interview. My initial academic performance was mediocre at best resulting largely from a lack of focus and discipline as opposed to a lack of academic acumen. However, over the course of three years I gained a focus and discipline that allowed me to progress from an undisciplined mediocre student to one of great discipline and proficiency.