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To keep our community updated on what's new, The Inside-Out Center has launched a newsletter to be circulated on the first of each month. The Inside-Out Newsletter serves to recap the previous month's events, share Inside-Out stories, and promote upcoming opportunities to get involved.

May 2023

(Vol 3., No. 5)

This edition of the Inside-Out newsletter highlights California Lutheran University's 2023 COAS Dean Speaker Series featuring Lori Pompa, Inside-Out's founder and executive director. Additionally, California Lutheran University shares a tribute to student Justin Osuna, who recently passed away but was beloved by the class. Also featured are inspiring stories from class closings around the United States!

Click here for the May 2023 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

April 2023

(Vol 3., No. 4)

In this edition of our newsletter, we share about Vancouver Island University's Inside-Out course, a Pittsburgh Inside-Out program facilitated by Norm Conti at Duquesne University receiving a $150,000 federal grant, and an Inside-Out Program at Arizona State University. Additionally, the runners-up for the Educational Review Article of the Year Award included a piece co-authored by Inside-Out Trained Instructors Kate O'Brien, Hannah King, and Josie Phillips of Durham University along with their students.

Click here for the April 2023 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

March 2023

(Vol 3., No. 3)

In this edition of the Inside-Out Newsletter, we highlight our upcoming training dates while sharing some of the top stories from Inside-Out this month. Renee Heberle discusses "Glass House", the magazine published by People for Change, an alumni think tank of the University of Toledo. A new podcast episode spotlights Vancouver Island University's Inside-Out Program with students Chris Lamoureux and Thea Karmazynski. An academic paper co-written by Cassandra Philippon, Kevin A. Wright, Cody W. Telep, and Olivia P. Shaw discusses the life-changing potential of Inside-Out Programs across the globe. Christina Rivers of DePaul University shares the ways the Inside-Out Program facilitates a powerful experience for her students. The Beyond the Stonewalls Advisory Collective (BSWAC), a community-based think tank in Australia, continues to work with Corrections Victoria and other stakeholders to improve policies and practices by establishing common ground resulting in valuable and effective change. An Inside-Out course developed in collaboration between the Penn State Bellisario College of Communications and the Restorative Justice Initiative, led by Shaheen Pasha, engages in discussions on the intersections of journalism and the justice system from inside the jail walls. Check out this issue to read even more inspiring stories!

Click here for the March 2023 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

February 2023

(Vol 3., No. 2)

This edition of our newsletter features 'Justice is as Justice Does' - a piece written by Inside-Out training coach Joe Schwartz discussing how a group of nine formerly-incarcerated men and women met with 12 prosecutors from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for two hours to enter into a dialogue about issues of crime and justice. Additionally, we have another piece titled 'Traveling Transformations' written by Andrea Zittlau, Brenda Kucirka, and Jayne Thompson discussing creative workshops run in partnership with SCI Waymart in Pennsylvania. Other highlights include an Inside-Out closing ceremony for the UNT Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program organized by Haley Zettler, the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Boston College and the newly-launched College Pathways Program led by Matt DelSesto, and much more!

Click here for the February 2023 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

January 2023

(Vol 3., No. 1)

In the first edition of our 2023 newsletter, we highlight the Arizona State University Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program's recent presidential award. Additionally, we share articles where University of Illinois-Chicago Dean of Libraries Rhea Ballard-Thrower discusses bringing the program to UIC Law, and Gwynedd Mercy University’s Patrick McGrain and his students share their experience in the class. Other articles mention Roanoke College’s yoga meditation during a Dec. 1 graduation celebration for a course led by Melanie Trexler and Jamie Chapman's appointment as director of the All-College Honors Program at Westminster College.

Click here for the January 2023 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

December 2022

(Vol 2., No. 12)

In the final edition of Volume 2, we highlight the first-ever Penn State Brandywine Inside-Out Closing Ceremony at George W. Hill Correctional Facility, as well as graduation day for Keystone College and SCI Waymart Inside-Out students. 

An announcement is made celebrating the election of Rhea Ballard-Thrower to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) 2023 Board of Directors, a collaboration with an out-of-state high school student group, and Gregory Bruno’s newly released book “Theory and Practice for Literacy in the Prison Classroom: An Inquiry Approach for Students and Educators”. Additionally, we share about the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis Spirit and Place Festival and a re-entry simulation at SCI Albion..

Click here for the December 2022 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

November 2022

(Vol 2., No. 11)

In this edition of the Inside-Out Newsletter, we share information on our 25th Anniversary Event, share highlights from the 2022 Global Symposium in Toronto, a Pennsylvania Statewide Consortium, an Inside-Out Interview, and more.

Click here for the November 2022 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

October 2022

(Vol 2., No. 10)

The October 2022 edition of our newsletter includes a piece by Trained Instructor Nan Feyler highlighting a recent discussion with a group of formerly incarcerated Inside-Out coaches about teaching Inside-Out in law schools. The coaches agreed that we need to reimagine justice and put humanity back into the legal system. Among other stories, we also share news of the Inside-Out Center's recent move back to the Criminal Justice Department on Temple's campus and awards won by Arizona State University and the University of West Florida.

Click here for the October 2022 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

September 2022

(Vol 2., No. 9)

Edition 9 of the newsletter announces our 2023 training dates along with an updated training brochure and a downloadable infographic outlining Inside-Out's impact across the globe. Additionally, we spotlight two new publications written by Inside-Out Trained Instructors: Suspended: Punishment, Violence, and the Failure of School Safety by Dr. Charles Bell and Welcome Home: Essays and Reflections from Confinement to Community by Dr. Harold Trulear

Click here for the September 2022 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

August 2022

(Vol 2., No. 8)

In the August 2022 edition of our newsletter, we share some exciting news as Jay Barth, who took the Inside-Out Training in 2018, was named Director of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Muhlenberg’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program receives a $231,000 federal grant to expand its efforts to use education as a tool to end mass incarceration and support citizenship and democracy.

Click here for the August 2022 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

July 2022

(Vol 2., No. 7)

Edition 7 of the Inside-Out Newsletter brings stories of hope and healing! Our opening piece features a reflection on "From Trauma to Resilience" a new Inside-Out class just piloted at Vancouver Island University. Kenneth Butler, Yusef Pierce, and Daniel Duron’s achievements are highlighted in an NPR article as they discuss their academic experience with Pitzer College’s Inside-Out Program taught by Inside-Out trained instructor Nigel Boyle. A PBS Interview features Kevin Wright, Director of ASU’s Center for Correctional Solutions, and Bruce Ward, an ASU student who took part in their Inside-Out program. Richard Strong, a teacher’s aide in Albion College’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is showing what’s possible through the power of education. In addition to his work with Inside-Out, Strong is a 4.0 dean’s list student, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society member, and a member of the MDOC’s mentoring program to help support others with mental health issues. Also included in this edition is our Inside-Out T-shirt/Tote bag order form - show your support by wearing Inside-Out gear!

Click here for the July 2022 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

June 2022

(Vol 2., No. 6)

In edition 6 of the Inside-Out Newsletter, we share about an innovative multidisciplinary Inside-Out class offered at UM-Dearborn and highlight free Inside-Out courses for formerly incarcerated and justice-involved community students. Ohio Northern University criminal justice graduate Christafer Suarez reflects his life-changing experience with Inside-Out and DePaul University Sankofa Black Student Formation Program hosts a celebration of the wealth of Black excellence where Christina Rivers’ Inside-Out class received the Excellence in Scholarship, Perseverance, and Solidarity award. Pitzer College Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA program graduates walked the stage to receive their diplomas and alumnus Freddy Cisneros ’21, who graduated last year through the program, has been accepted to the Executive Fellowship Program, a 10-month public policy fellowship.

Click here for the June 2022 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

May 2022

(Vol 2., No. 5)

In this edition of the Inside-Out Newsletter - Jeff Gingrich, a trained Instructor, has now been named the incoming president of St. Bonaventure University; Kenneth Butler, an Inside-Out student, has been awarded a Fulbright US Student Program grant to study in Uganda; Information for trained instructors on requesting Inside-Out Certificates and Digital Badges; and two Zoom session recaps - one discussing episode 7 of 'Philly D.A.' and another discussing strategies to secure credits for inside students.

Click here for the May 2022 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

April 2022

(Vol 2., No. 4)

In the April 2022 issue of our monthly newsletter, we report back on a Simulation of Women’s Reentry completed through a partnership with Why Not Prosper, discuss a three-part series of Inside-Out dialogues among members of the Temple University Department of Campus Safety Services, share a video of PDP Commissioner Carney addressing participants of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, announce a new Inside-Out course at University of West Florida, and highlight a recent webinar featuring trained instructors - as well as two new pieces of scholarly research relating to Inside-Out.

Click here for the April 2022 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

March 2022

(Vol 2., No. 3)

Our March 2022 edition of the newsletter includes a recap of an online workshop entitled Writing Inside-Out summarized by Ann Schwartzman, a reflection on Inside-Out trainings and life in the virtual world by Joe Schwartz, a College of Wooster professor teaching at a local correctional facility using robots, reflections on Inside-Out classes offered by the ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry, and a Toolkit for Advancing College Opportunity for Justice-Impacted Students.

Click here for the March 2022 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

February 2022

(Vol 2., No. 2)

In the second edition of the second volume of our Inside-Out newsletter, we share a link to watch a Remembrance of the Life and Legacy of Ella Turenne – a beloved member of the Inside-Out community. Also included are an academic article written by Inside-Out instructors about education as a practice of freedom, a link to register for the PPL Colloquium where Inside-Out trained instructor Ajima Olaghere will present, and an article discussing the topic of race in community service learning behind bars.

Click here for the February 2022 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

January 2022

(Vol 2., No. 1)

The first newsletter in our second volume recaps our December 14th, 2021 Zoom session – 'A Celebration of Voices: Inspiring Stories From the Inside-Out' – led by panelists Jesse Dorsz (Maryland), April Lee (Philly), Kenny Matthews (West Virginia), Giovanni Reid (Philly), and Joe Schwartz (Philly) and moderated by Inside-Out Alumni and Staff, John Pace. Also in this issue – we share new data released from the Prison Policy Initiative showing how inadequate, uneven, and unsustained policy changes have been in regards to prisons, jails, probation, and parole. Announcements about social media and 2022 trainings can be found inside, as well as a memorial announcement for Ella Turenne – a centerpiece of our program for a long time who has left her handprint on it in countless ways.

Click here for the January 2022 edition of the Inside-Out newsletter.

Earlier Newsletter Editions

The Inside-Out Center Newsletter was launched in March, 2021. All early editions have been archived. Click here for the Newsletter Archives page.

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