Meet the 2019–2021 Higher Education in Prison Program Cohort

In 2019, the Alliance launched a program to strengthen the network of higher education in prison programs. The Higher Education in Prison Cohort Program promotes meaningful co-learning and collaboration. We do this by supporting program leaders who are working to create, sustain and grow higher education in prison programs.

The inaugural two-year cohort includes 12 programs from around the United States. Program participants are at different stages of their evolution, they offer many different types of programming, and have various leadership structures.

The cohort represents the diversity of the higher education in prison stakeholder community, including degree and non-degree granting programs, various institutional types, geographic locations, types of facilities, size of program, diversity of staff, leadership, and program participants and existing program infrastructure. The next cohort will begin in 2021.

Learn About the Next Cohort, Starting in 2021

2019-2021 Higher Education in Prison Program Cohort

Boston University Prison Education Program
College/University Partner(s):
Boston University
Cohort Representative:
Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, Faculty Director
Website:
Campus Within Walls, Southside Virginia Community College
College/University Partner(s):
Southside Virginia Community College Foundation
Cohort Representative:
Lisa Hudson, Coordinator
Website:
Community Education Project, Stetson University
College/University Partner(s):
Stetson University
Cohort Representative:
Pamela Cappas-Toro, Co-Director
Website:
Feather River College - Incarcerated Student Program
College/University Partner(s):
Feather River College
Cohort Representative:
Kim F. Beaton, Assistant Dean of Instruction
Website:
Freedom Education Project Puget Sound
College/University Partner(s):
Tacoma Community College
Cohort Representative:
Tanya Erzen, Faculty Director
Website:
Hawaii State Department of Public Safety Corrections Program Services Education Branch
College/University Partner(s):
University of Hawaii in Manoa’s Community Colleges (Leeward Community College, Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu Community College, Windward Community College, Maui Community College, and Hawaii Community College)
Cohort Representative:
Amelia G. Jodar, Corrections Education Program Manager
Website:
North Carolina Field Minister Program
College/University Partner(s):
The College at Southeastern
Cohort Representative:
Deanna Kabler, Student Access Coordinator
Website:
Prison Neighborhood Arts and Education Project, Northeastern Illinois University
College/University Partner(s):
Northeastern Illinois University, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Chicago
Cohort Representative:
Erica R. Meiners, PNAP Co-Director of Higher Education
Website:
Quinnipiac/Trinity Prison Education Program at York
College/University Partner(s):
Quinnipiac University, Trinity College
Cohort Representative:
Linda Meyer, Professor of Law, Quinnipiac University
Website:
STEP UP/Shasta College
College/University Partner(s):
Shasta College
Cohort Representative:
Robert Bowman, Program Director
Website:
Sacramento State Prison Education Program
College/University Partner(s):
California State University Sacramento, Los Rios Community College District
Cohort Representative:
Mary Maguire, Prison Education Program Director
Website:
Tennessee Higher Education Initiative
College/University Partner(s):
Nashville State Community College, Dyersburg State Community College, Roane State Community College
Cohort Representative:
Ka-Rhonda Porter, Academic Coordinator
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