The Justice Impacted Students Training Series will present “Inside/Out: Prison Education Showcase,” from noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, on Zoom. This is the final session in the four-part workshop series.

Two programs at Cal State San Bernardino – Project Rebound and the Center for the Study of Correctional Education – have joined together to deliver the Justice Impacted Students Training Series. It is a joint initiative hosted by Project Rebound, the Center for the Study of Correctional Education, Faculty Center for Excellence, Staff Development Center, and Division of Student Affairs.

This workshop series, which began on Sept. 30, was created for the staff and faculty at CSUSB, but organizers are also inviting community partners and the general public to attend and participate in the sessions, as they may interact with, and serve, the same populations.

“Inside/Out: Prison Education Showcase” will focus on the current prison education initiatives on campus. During this session, workshop participants will hear from incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals talk about their prison education experience. They will also go through a sample in-prison class session, reading and discussing works from incarcerated students.

The program will be presented by Alexandra Cavallaro, associate professor of English and director of the Center for the Study of Correctional Education, and prison education participants. It will be facilitated by Cavallaro and Annika Anderson, associate professor of sociology and director of Project Rebound.

“We created this training series to uplift the voices, experiences, challenges and successes of the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated participants in our programs,” said Cavallaro and Anderson. “Throughout our years as directors of our respective programs, there has been a tremendous amount of support from our campus administrators, including our president, deans and departments.

“However, moving forward, we see this series of workshops as an opportunity to educate various stakeholders, interested parties and the campus community about how best to serve our participants. We also hope to learn of any barriers that may exist in garnering support by creating an open dialogue and safe space to discuss and address concerns.”

Registration for the final session can be done online at the Ally Training Series for Justice Impacted Students webpage.

A certificate will be awarded to faculty and staff who attend all four sessions and complete a reflective assignment.

Also, a donation will be made to Project Rebound and the Center for the Study of Correctional Education for every staff or faculty member who completes the training series and receives their certificate.

Visit the Project Rebound and the Center for the Study of Correctional Education websites to learn more about each program.