Divided City Initiative & Prison Education Project Partnership

The Prison Education Project is excited to announce that it has partnered with the Divided City Initiative to support and develop two interdisciplinary urban humanities courses for PEP students at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. These courses will be integrated as part of the greater PEP curriculum. The first course, “Landscape Architecture: The Art and Science of […]

PEP Welcomes New Undergraduate Intern

The Prison Education Project is excited to announce that rising junior Talia Weine, a Religious Studies major and Writing minor at Washington University, will be joining the team of PEP interns. She will be assisting PEP with research requests, office organization, creation of fundraising materials, and other administrative tasks. “I am so happy to be […]

Upcoming Fall 2019 Courses Announced

This fall, the Prison Education Project will offer 7 classes for MECC students. Classes will cover STEM and humanities subjects, ranging from astronomy and computer science to public speaking and landscape architecture. For more information on each course, please see the course descriptions below.  

3rd Annual Gender Impacts Symposium Focused on Mothers & Re-Entry

On March 29th, 2019, the 3rd Annual Gender Impacts Symposium was held in St. Louis. The Gender Impacts series addresses the intersection of race, class and gender in the criminal justice system. The Prison Education Project joins Let’s Start, the Center for Women in Transition, Connections to Success, the St. Louis Alliance for Reentry, and […]

PEP Welcomes New Project Assistant

The Prison Education Project is excited to announce that Natasha Narayanan will be joining the PEP team as the new Project Assistant. Natasha previously worked with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, where she tutored students in math and performed various administrative tasks. She received her undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Spanish from Auburn University […]

Upcoming Summer 2019 Courses!

This summer, the Prison Education Project will offer four courses at MECC, ranging from mathematics, to research methods to humanities centered courses. For more information, please see the course descriptions below. 

Spring 2019 Creative Writing Workshop

This spring semester, The Prison Education Project has introduced a new Creative Writing Workshop for MECC students, led by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, a Washington University PhD graduate student. “Our Creative Writing Workshop is conceived to empower students for a better development of their own fictional and nonfictional writing projects.” – Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo The […]

Gephardt Travel Grant Awarded to PEP

David Cunningham’s Order and Change in Society receives a Gephardt Travel Grant to facilitate joint class session between MECC and Danforth Campus students. This past semester, Fall 2018, the Prison Education Project had the opportunity to offer Order and Change in Society, a class taught by David Cunningham, Professor of Sociology, with assistance from Jeanette […]

New Computer Lab Installed

The Prison Education Project is pleased to announce that the computer lab at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center is now up and running! “MECC students now have an opportunity to leverage technology in this less conventional learning environment to further promote the success of PEP’s mission.” For the first time, during the 2018-2019 academic year, […]

Danforth Campus Research Partnership

For the first time in Fall 2018, Danforth Campus students will have the opportunity to partner with the Prison Education Project in a three-credit course.  This course has a dual role as an introduction to political science research approaches and methods and a practical training opportunity in library research. Danforth Campus students will apply the information […]

PEP Welcomes Two New Undergraduate Interns

Thu-Lan Unsoeld (’21) and Petergaye Laine (’19) join the Prison Education Project as Fall 2018 Interns. They will work jointly on website design, public relations and the day to day office tasks critical to PEP as well as contribute to improvements on the program’s structure. “Having witnessed incarceration seriously limit the academic opportunities of my own […]

Convocation 2018: Celebrating Student Achievement

On May 22, 2018, the Prison Education Project celebrated our fourth convocation ceremony for students at the MECC Campus.  Barbara Schaal, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis offered remarks for the event, which was attended by students, faculty, and staff.  Three current students also spoke at the […]

Barbara Baumgartner Receives Gephardt Grant for 2nd Year In A Row

Barbara Baumgartner, Associate Director of the Prison Education Project, has received the St. Louis Project Grant from the Gephardt Institute for the 2nd year in a row to host a symposium on gender and incarceration.  September 22, 2017 Gender Impacts:  Women, Incarceration and Public Health After last year’s symposium, participants expressed interest in future conferences on […]

Barbara Baumgarter Receives Gephardt Grant for Gender Symposium

Barbara Baumgartner, Associate Director of the Prison Education Project, has received a Gephardt Institute Civic Engagement Fund: St. Louis Project Grant to host a full-day symposium on women and the criminal justice system. Race, class, and gender are intersecting issues in our community, and while race and class have been receiving more attention in recent […]

Collateral Damage: Women, Incarceration and Children

By Barbara Baumgartner, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Associate Director, Washington University Prison Education Project