Job Announcement: PEP Intern

PEP interns work under the supervision of the PEP Program Coordinator and the PEP Director. PEP interns are responsible for a variety of job duties within the Prison Education Project, including but not limited to: Office/administrative tasks (printing, scanning, copying, filing, etc.) Organizing and updating student and program information and records Responding to student requests […]

Faculty Spotlight: Chelsey Carter

Chelsey Carter is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology and a dual candidate in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work public health program. Chelsey started college as a pre-med student with the goal of becoming a doctor and finding a cure for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the […]

What does “Higher Education” mean to me?

By Patrick Clarkson   I am crying and I don’t know why. Time is not promised, yet it is given so freely. I am nearing the end of an 11 year commitment of incarceration and I am having a difficult time coping with the blatant fact that the people tasked with administering & monitoring my […]

Meet the PEP Interns: Thu-Lan Unsoeld & Talia Weine

The Prison Education Project (PEP) relies on the time, energy, and efforts of so many passionate people on WashU’s campus, including its incredible interns! PEP currently has two interns: Thu-Lan Unsoeld, a senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Design and American Culture Studies, and Talia Weine, a senior majoring in Religious Studies and minoring […]

Faculty Spotlight: Jan Duchek

Jan Duchek is an Emeritus Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences and of Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis. She retired this past June after having worked at WashU for 35 years. Professor Duchek first started working at the Washington University School of Medicine, where she was the project coordinator for the Memory […]

Faculty Spotlight: Bret Gustafson

Bret Gustafson is an Associate Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies politics in Latin America and has lately been focused on the politics of climate change and fossil fuels (oil, coal, and gas). He also studies social movements and problems tied to racism and inequality, […]

Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Hammerschmidt

Kevin Hammerschmidt is a Prison Education Project (PEP) alumnus and current University College student. He is an advisor and consultant for the PEP Alumni Program, a group that provides reentry support to PEP students as they transition back to the community. He is also a scholarship recipient in the Washington University Scholars in Arts & Sciences […]

St. Louis Reentry Resource Guide

The Washington University in St. Louis Prison Education Project, in collaboration with the newly formed STL Reentry Collective, is excited to announce the release of a comprehensive new resource guide for formerly incarcerated people returning to St. Louis. Initially a project of the Prison Education Project Alumni Program, the guide will be continuously updated and […]
HDW Colloquium: Haley Shoaf and LaunchCode

HDW Colloquium: Haley Shoaf and LaunchCode (Links to an external site)

Haley Shoaf is a principal at LaunchCode, a nonprofit organization that trains people for job placement in the broader technology industry through free courses in computer programming. Haley has extended this mission personally by working on initiatives to assist incarcerated student programmers, maintaining an ongoing partnership with a team at the Missouri’s Potosi Correctional Facility, a team that has designed a scaleable learning management system to be implemented statewide across the correctional system. Join us to hear her insights on increasing educational access through technology and on programming under technological and access constraints. Email Matt Kelley to RSVP.
Alumni Spotlight: Harvey Galler

Alumni Spotlight: Harvey Galler

Harvey Galler is a Prison Education Project (PEP) alumnus and WashU student who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Political Science through University College. Harvey graduated with his Associate in Liberal Arts in May 2019. In addition to being a full-time student, Harvey is an intern with PEP, co-chair of the PEP Alumni Program, […]

Get Involved: Second Chance Job Fair Volunteer Opportunity

The SLU Transformative Workforce Academy, which hosts the Second Chance Job Fair for formerly incarcerated people, is looking for volunteer job coaches! This would be a 9-week, approximately 1 hour per week commitment.  SLU hosted its first virtual job fair over the summer, but many jobseekers had difficulties with the follow up process due to […]
Faculty Spotlight: Lerone Martin

Faculty Spotlight: Lerone Martin

Lerone Martin is the Director of American Culture Studies and Associate Professor of Religion and Politics, American Culture Studies, and African and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Martin serves on the Prison Education Project (PEP) Executive Board and taught the course “Between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Race, Religion and the Politics of […]