Today we closed out our second annual BPI summer residency. This year’s gathering was all virtual with members of BPI’s Consortium For the Liberal Arts in Prison joining BPI staff on Zoom for two rich weeks packed with workshops on the nuts and bolts of BPI’s model of college-in-prison. Workshops included themes such as:
Paradoxes inherent to college-in-prison
Academics and the writing curriculum
Admissions: hows and whys
Data, documents, and tracking
Computer systems and technology in prison
Working with DOCS
Reentry and alumni affairs
Secondary trauma and program sustainability
Development and fundraising
Faculty recruitment and orientation
and sessions with faculty on syllabus revision for COVID contingencies
We are refining these offerings as we plan to grow and expand the residency next year and hope to be back in person, too. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.
Thanks to our Consortium partners from Boston College Prison Education Program, Women’s College Partnership at IWP, Emerson Prison Initiative, Grinnell Liberal Arts in Prison Program, Moreau College Initiative, and Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS) for joining us this summer.