Center for Social Concerns Launches New Prison Education Initiative with Lunch, Panel Discussion

November 18, 2022
Erin Blasko

Speaking at the lunch were McGreevy; Suzanne Shanahan, the Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns; Michael Hebbeler, managing director of NDPEP; Max Kenner, founder and executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative; and Christina Reagle, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction.

David Campbell, the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy at Notre Dame, moderated the panel, which included Lisa Hochstetler (Women’s College Partnership), Chris Foggie (Moreau College Initiative) and Notre Dame junior Ava Downey (Inside-Out).

A resident of Nappanee, Hochstetler earned her associate degree from Marian University while serving a 12-and-a-half-year sentence at the Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree from Marian, with the aim of becoming a youth advocate.

She credited the Women’s College Partnership with restoring her sense of self-worth.