Recently, the CSCE developed a partnership with the Prison Education Project, a program that works with local universities to offer educational workshops in prisons. Each year, CSUSB graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to teach in prisons in collaboration with a faculty member. Interns participate in the class alongside the incarcerated students and help to plan the class and facilitate activities. Students can enroll in ENG 5140 (Community-Based Writing) to receive credit for this work.
Here's what former PEP students have had to say about their experience:
“Ultimately, I truly believe that…working at the California Rehabilitation Center has made me a better teacher, a better student, and a better advocate. I value any opportunity to both teach and learn alongside other students and working with this group of students was no exception. I went in with some concern for the issue of mass incarceration, but now that I have seen it firsthand, I can’t think of a more important way to spend my time as a literacy educator.”
“All in all, this wasn’t just an internship. It had broken down the barriers between two different groups of people and helped us understand one another.”
Please contact Dr. Alexandra Cavallaro (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.