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 […]

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 at Northwestern University, to recognize adult students who achieve and maintain high scholastic standards while balancing other life responsibilities. Congratulations […]

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 […]

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 […]

PEP Holds First Graduation for Class of 2019

On May 22, 2019, PEP students, their friends and family, and members of the WashU PEP community came together to celebrate the inaugural graduation of 10 students graduating with their Associate in Arts degrees from the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) at Washington University in St. Louis. All 10 graduates received Associate of […]

Keebler Receives Honorable Mention in Writing Contest

The Prison Education Project would like to congratulate Ronald Keebler, a first-year student who joined the program in June 2019, on recently receiving an honorable mention for his submission to a contest hosted by the Washington University Common Reading Program. Keebler’s winning submission was a poem titled “Double Edged Sword,” which can be read below. […]

The Great British Book Club

The Prison Education Project (PEP) is all about breaking down barriers to education and creating more opportunities to learn. Learning occurs through many forms and in many settings, not just from lectures in a traditional classroom. Some of the best learning happens through dialogue and discussion with others and book clubs have long been known […]

Summer 2019 Workshop Series

The Prison Education Project hosted a successful summer workshop series this July, featuring three workshops facilitated by various members of the Washington University in St. Louis academic and professional community. Jan Duchek, Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences and of Occupational Therapy and Director of The Learning Center, led an “Achieving Academic Success: Tips […]