Tag Archives: Wesleyan Center for Prison Education

Apply to be a Center for Prison Education Tutor

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.

Student Forum Info Session: Mass Incarceration in the U.S.

Liza Bayless ’16 writes in:

Interested in the criminal justice system and the issue of mass incarceration in the United States? Looking for an outlet to discuss these things with fellow Wes students while receiving a full (pass/fail) course credit?

Emily Greenspan ’16 and Liza Bayless ’16 will be leading a student forum for the spring semester about the prison system and its repercussions in American society, based on our experiences working with Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education. As a class, we will examine books, articles, documentaries, and pop culture to better understand the implications of mass incarceration in this country. It will be highly collaborative, with a variety of guest speakers offering different perspectives on the justice system, and the chance to connect with incarcerated individuals from two prisons in the area.

If you are interested or just unsure about your class schedule and want to give it a try, come by for our info session/first class THIS SUNDAY (Jan. 24th). Feel free to email Emily (egreenspan[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) or Liza (lbayless[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) to let us know you’re interested or with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, January 24
Time: 7-9:50 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 114

The Center for Prison Education is Seeking Tutors

The Center for Prison Education, Wesleyan’s college-in-prison program, is looking for tutors, including math tutors, who can assist with high school level material to work in the prisons with our incarcerated students. In addition, we are looking for those who can work on campus, helping to find research materials for our students, among other tasks. If you’re interested in volunteering this semester or would like more information, please e-mail Coady Johnson ’15 at cpefellow[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Also, check out this short documentary about the program, directed by Cara Tratner ’12 and Becky Gillig ’12.

7X9 Solitary Confinement Demonstration

From Molly Rappaport ’15:

The Wesleyan Center for Prison Education Student Group brings you 7X9: A demonstration to raise awareness around solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system.

Beginning at 4pm on Thursday to 3pm on Friday, individual students will rotate each spending an hour in a 7 by 9 foot tape-demarcated square in the center of Exley. The box measures 7X9 feet referencing the average size of a solitary confinement cell and the demonstration will last 23 hours in recognition of the 22-24 hours inmates in solitary confinement typically spend in their cells per day. The goal of the demonstration is to raise awareness regarding a practice commonly used in our criminal justice system that we believe is absolutely inhumane. Please take notice of the demonstration when passing through Exley–there will be flyers posted throughout the building that further describe the practice and its consequences.

Date: Thursday 11/20-Friday 11/21
Time: 4 pm-3pm the next day
Place: Exley Lobby

Volunteer with the Center for Prison Education

From Molly Rappaport ’15 and Shannon Nelson ’14:

Interested in volunteering with Wesleyan’s college in prison program as a Tutor or Research Intern? The Center for Prison Education is currently accepting applications for Tutor and Research Intern positions during the spring semester!

Come to the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education Student Group’s general interest meeting this Tuesday at 9:00 pm in the OCS lounge to learn about the program and discuss future prison activism/awareness projects.

Mothers of Bedford Documentary Screening and Q&A with filmmaker Jenifer McShane

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Courtesy of Molly Rappaport ’15:

An exciting event hosted by the Wesleyan Center for Prison education:

Is it possible to become a better mother while serving time in a
maximum security prison?

Mothers of Bedford, a feature length documentary, follows five women
incarcerated in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and looks at
their lives through the lens of motherhood. The film explores the
effects of a long-term prison sentence on the mother-child
relationship. Mothers of Bedford examines the struggles and joys these
five women face as prisoners and mothers. It shows the normal
frustrations of parenting as well as the surreal experiences of a
child’s first birthday party inside prison, the cell that child lives
in with her mother, and the biggest celebration of the year, Mother’s
Day in prison!

Guest Post: A Letter From Andre Pierce, Wesleyan Student and Cheshire Correctional Institution Prisoner

“Wesleyan Aids a Prisoner in Rehabilitation”

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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.

The House I Live In: Film Screening and Discussion

In a world where Roxie Pell ’15 wasn’t an intern for the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education, this post was never submitted submitted by a different intern:

The War on Drugs has never been about drugs.

Join the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education this Thursday for a
screening of the film “The House I Live In,” followed by a discussion
with the filmmaker, Eugene Jarecki.

About the film:

In forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45
million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged
poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are
cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in
more than twenty states, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN captures heart-wrenching
stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs,
offering a definitive portrait revealing its profound human rights
implications and examining the extent to which it has been fueled by
political and economic corruption.

Date: Tomorrow, Thursday, the 11th
Time: Tomorrow, Thursday, 4:15, the PM
Place: Tomorrow, Thursday, the CFA Hall

Education vs. Incarceration

Laura Werle ’15 invites you to see the documentary Education vs. Incarceration. AND you can meet the Middletown mayor(!):

The screening will be followed by a discussion of education policy, prisons, and how the two interact. The event is sponsored by Middletown Youth Services, Local Interagency Services Team (LIST), and the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education. It will be hosted by Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew. Refreshments will be served at 5:30, the movie begins at 6.

Date: Tuesday, April 24th
Time:
5:30-8 p.m.
Place:
Daniel Family Commons
Cost:
FREE

Documentary Advocacy World Premiere

What do the prison system, community radio, children’s museums, wheelchair basketball and landscape design have in common?

Yes, they are all words that leave you wanting more. And yes, they are all super cool topics (except for prisons, which are not cool). But most importantly, they are each the star of their very own documentary film!

Come see the fine work created by this year’s Documentary Advocacy class, featuring short (10-15 minute) films on the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education, WESU Radio, Kid City Children’s Museum, the Connecticut Spokebenders wheelchair basketball team, and the WildWes student group.

Filmmakers and subjects will be on hand to talk about the films and take questions. All are invited!

Date: Sunday February 12
Time: 7-8 pm
Place: Wesleyan Center for Film Studies