Update | National Engagement

Third Annual BPI Summer Residency

It’s a wrap! BPI’s third Summer Residency has come to a close after three intensive weeks of workshops.

The BPI Summer Residency is an intensive cohort-based sequence that takes residents under the hood for hands-on and experiential workshops that explore the hows, whys, and whats of BPI’s approach to college-in-prison, followed by more technical conversations about mechanics and strategies of building robust, ambitious, and successful college-in-prison programs. Most workshops ran roughly 2.5 hours each and were led by BPI staff from across the academic, reentry/alumni affairs, and national engagement teams, as well as by BPI alumni, faculty, site directors, and members of the Bard administration.

The 2021 cohort of emerging leaders in the field of college-in-prison joined us virtually from California, Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana, Connecticut, New York, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and the UK. They represent community colleges, small liberal arts schools, and large research institutions as faculty, program directors, newly hired practitioners, graduate students, alumni, and directly impacted people.

Testimonials about the 2021 Summer Residency

“Relatively new to this work, I’ve been thoroughly amazed with the intellectual capabilities of our students, and the wisdom that BPI and the Consortium provide to this field. Both have far exceeded my expectations of what CIP could and can be!” – Resident of 2021 Cohort

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“The generous, frank, strategic, compassionate, brilliant offerings of the Bard Prison Initiative faculty, administrators and staff were a goldmine. I struck gold.” – Resident of Cohort 2021, Sharon Varallo, Augustana Prison Education Program

Workshops included

Introductions, Welcome, and History

Paradoxes of College-in-Prison

Language and Thinking: BPI’s Introduction to College


Writing and Math Curricula

Faculty and Volunteer Recruitment, Orientation, and Support

Academic Resources: Advising, Tutoring, Research Support and Libraries 

Introduction to BPI Admissions

Admissions Essay Reading — A Hands-on Experience

Admissions Interviews: Philosophy and Practice

New Student Orientation 

Working with Corrections

Cultivating College Community Inside: A Conversation with Site Directors and Alums

Practitioner Wellness: Sustainability, Compassion Fatigue & Secondary Trauma 

Reentry: Transitioning Home

Re/defining Reentry and Alumni Support

Development and Fundraising

Senior Projects and the BA 

A College within a College: Accreditation, Tuition, Pell/FAFSA and working within the larger college

Program Data, Metrics, Evaluation, Tracking and BPI’s FileMaker System

Documents and Tracking: Organizational Systems for Internal Documents & Paperwork

Computer Systems and Technology in Prison

Government Affairs

Career Specializations and Post-degree Coursework

Commencement Planning

BPI Summer Residency, Bard College, July 2019

Learn more about all of BPI’s National Engagement work, including the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison here: bpi.bard.edu/our-work/national-engagement/

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