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The only women’s prison in the state of Michigan is located in Ypsilanti. For ten years, Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has been providing educational uplift at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility (WHV). EMU does this in two ways: volunteer faculty teach year-long courses in specific content areas and the Inside-Out Prison Exchange brings incarcerated women and EMU students (about 15 each) together in prison classrooms for a regularly-taught EMU course.
The College in Prison Program, invites professors to teach 3-credit equivalent courses without pay at WHV. EMU is the only non-profit, volunteer-based, and donation-funded college education program currently serving WHV.
Since 2011, instructors from Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) have taught in the national Inside-Out program where EMU students and prisoners share the same WHV classroom. To participate, instructors require national training and certification. The experience of EMU students in a prison setting becomes a touchstone for their understanding of the incarceration issues prominent in the news today.
Both programs require crucial support in the form of resource materials and administrative coordination. Prisoners do not have access to course staples such as readings, Google, notebooks, bluebooks, etc. EMU has copied countless course packs, articles, and book chapters for inmate students, and plus providing basic writing materials. While we cannot showcase the experience that is had or the impact that is made through photos, for confidential purposes of our students, we hope you can understand how life changing this experience is for all involved.
The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies has taken complete responsibility for both programs. Under rapidly escalating budget constraints, the department requires financial assistance in order to provide resources for inmate students including readings and materials and to provide basic administrative support.
Please donate today so we can assist these women in building their future.