PEP Welcomes New Project Assistant

PEP is excited to announce Natasha Narayanan will be joining the PEP team as the new Project Assistant. Natasha previously worked with the Alabama Prison Arts and 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 and an M.Phil. in […]

Upcoming Summer 2019 Courses!

This summer, PEP 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, PEP 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 Creative Writing Workshop […]

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

PEP 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, PEP students have […]

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 PEP 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 family members makes […]

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 PEP, 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 related topics. As […]

Barbara Baumgarter Receives Gephardt Grant for Gender Symposium

Barbara Baumgartner, Associate Director of PEP, 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 months, the contributing […]

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