Impact

Prison Education Summit to help inform growing program in College of Education

''There are critiques from the left, from the right and from the center. You can say that the idea of providing free college education to incarcerated men and women has something to offend everyone, no matter their political orientation. But, if the challenges inherent in college in prison work are deep and profound, so too are the potential positive impacts of college in prison programs,'' said Rebecca Ginsburg, director of the Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois. Ginsburg spoke at the Prison Education and Reentry Summit on March 29, 2019. Credit: Annemarie Mountz / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Diversity, inclusion and social justice all have an articulated importance in the Penn State College of Education. That is increasingly evident through the actions of the college's faculty, staff and students, who are working hard to bring about social change and realize more student success in diverse populations.

The most recent example of this commitment is the Prison Education and Reentry Summit, held March 29-30 on the University Park campus.

"The College of Education’s mission speaks explicitly about its commitment to both the development and the utilization of human capabilities wherever they exist,” said College of Education Dean David H. Monk. “Prison education programs speak directly to both parts of our mission, as these programs develop capabilities and also focus efforts on making effective utilization of the capabilities that are developed."