We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Carolyn Schrock-Shenk, an associate professor of Peace, Justice, and Social Conflict Studies at Goshen College in Indiana.
Carolyn has long been a friend of The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. She completed an Inside-Out Instructor Training Institute in 2012, and taught several classes at the Elkhart County Correctional Center over the years, including after she retired in 2017.
Her Inside-Out class co-facilitator, Glenn Gilbert, recently shared his thoughts about her teaching legacy.
“Carolyn’s thirst for justice drew me into the lives of the incarcerated through our Inside-Out classrooms…She helped scores of students, both Goshen College students and incarcerated men and women, discover our commonality and imagine new ways of relating and living together. She taught me not to be afraid of conflict. She would say that conflict is a natural part of the human experience. What she taught us to do was find healthy ways to engage our differences and learn from each other instead of avoid the disagreements.”
Glenn also remarked on the impact that Inside-Out had on her personally, even in the midst of health challenges.
“Nothing has meshed as well as Inside-Out with all she believed, how she loved to conduct a class, and her passion for serving the disadvantaged. Inside-Out has played a vital role bringing meaning to her life even as she has had to continually let go of so much.”
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be made to The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Donations can be designated as a tribute to Carolyn.
Here are two articles about Carolyn from the Goshen College News: