Student Spotlight: Torey Adams

Torey Adams is a PEP student who is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies (BSIS) degree with a concentration in Social Sciences through University College at Washington University in St. Louis. Torey graduated with Associate in Arts degree from Washington University in May 2019. He is the first current PEP student to complete the BSIS capstone […]

COVID-19 Advocacy Letter

A PEP alumnus recently wrote to Missouri CURE to highlight the unsafe conditions that leave those in the Transitional Housing Unit at Farmington Correctional Center vulnerable to COVID-19. We have adapted his letter as a template, which we encourage you to send to policymakers and officials. The letter advocates for (1) clemency, compassionate release, medical and geriatric parole, or […]

PEP Students’ COVID-19 Perspectives and Reflections

For our June newsletter, we asked students in the Prison Education Project (PEP) to share their stories, reflections, opinions, and creative work in order to highlight their personal experiences with coping with and living through the COVID-19 pandemic. We invited them to share the strategies they are using to continue with their schoolwork, the strengths they […]

Faculty Spotlight: Trevor Sangrey

Trevor Sangrey expertly juggles a variety of roles at Washington University in St. Louis: they are an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, where they organize the first-year academic programs; a Senior Lecturer in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department; a Faculty Fellow with Brookings College; and an academic advisor and […]

PEP to Host Virtual Book Club

Using articles and selected book chapters, this summer the PEP Alumni Program is launching a virtual book club discussion to foster conversation between PEP students, the Danforth Campus community, and the greater St. Louis community. The goal of this virtual book club is to continue encouraging intellectual curiosity and conversation despite the limitations posed by […]

Five PEP Students Inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda

On May 7, 2020, five Prison Education Project (PEP) students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, a national nontraditional student honor society. Alpha Sigma Lambda was founded in 1946 by Dr. Rollin B. Posey, Dean of University College at Northwestern University, to recognize adult students who achieve and maintain high scholastic standards while balancing other […]

PEP Open Letter

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Community Partners: The Washington University in St. Louis Prison Education Project (PEP) stands with the Black community, the Black Lives Matter movement, and those who are protesting against recent and recurring acts of racial injustice and violence. In doing so, we acknowledge the pain, anger, and frustration that members of these […]

Graduation Announcement: Jameel Spann

Please join us in celebrating Jameel Spann’s graduation! Jameel is a PEP alumnus who graduated with a B.S. in Integrated Studies from Washington University in St. Louis this month. He took classes in the Washington University Prison Education Project during its nascent stages and now works for the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison, a national nonprofit […]

Graduating Students

Congratulations to all of the graduating students who have worked with PEP during their time at WashU! There are no words to thank you for your continued support, tireless efforts, and steadfast dedication to the program, and we wish we could have celebrated with you in person. Best of luck with your future endeavors! We have no doubt […]

Faculty Spotlight: David Cunningham

Shortly after arriving at Washington University in 2015 to take up a position in the newly revived Sociology department, David Cunningham met Maggie Garb by chance at a friend’s backyard barbecue. Garb, a professor in the History department, had spent much of the previous two years getting the Prison Education Project (PEP) off the ground […]

PEP Writing Tutor Wins Truman Scholarship

 Video: Tom Malkowicz/Washington University The Prison Education Project (PEP) is excited to announce that one of our writing tutors, Max Klapow, has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious Truman scholarship, a graduate fellowship for college students pursuing careers as public service leaders. In Fall 2019, Max served as a writing tutor for […]

Petition for Compassionate Release

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its disastrous impact on incarcerated populations (so far 44 people incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections have tested positive for COVID-19, and there has been 1 death), the Prison Education Project (PEP) Executive Board sent a letter to Governor Parson calling for the compassionate release of […]

PEP Seeking Practicum Student

The Washington University Prison Education Project (PEP) is currently seeking an MSW practicum student for Fall 2020. Please see below for the complete job description. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Abaki Beck ( Practicum Position: Prison Education Project, Alumni ProgramReentry Case Management – Fall 2020 Washington University’s Prison Education Project […]

PEP Film Screening & Panel Discussion

****Edit: This event was canceled due to the current public health crisis and will likely be rescheduled for the fall semester. Thank you to everyone who shared the event and was planning on attending, and we hope to be in touch soon regarding rescheduling.**** Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 18! The Washington University Prison […]