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Through curricular and extracurricular activities in New York State correctional facilities and on the University of Rochester campus, the Rochester Education Justice Initiative:

  • Empowers a community of learners at Groveland Correctional Facility by operating an associate degree program in partnership with Genesee Community College.

  • Reinforces the Western New York prison education network by offering courses to graduates of Genesee Community College’s associate degree program at Attica Correctional Facility, and by partnering with the Cornell Prison Education Program at Auburn Correctional Facility and Five Points Correctional Facility.

  • Strengthens incarcerated students’ capacities for critical analysis, media literacy, scientific reasoning, oral and written communication, and civic engagement.

  • Inspires passion for creativity, scholastic inquiry, and lifelong learning that extends to students’ lives out of prison.

  • Maximizes student learning outcomes by enabling, to the greatest extent possible, access to the extensive resources of a Research I university.

  • Fosters a vibrant academic culture within the New York State correctional system, the positive impacts of which will extend into the fabric of our local communities.

  • Facilitates rewarding pedagogical and professional experiences for participating professors, graduate students, and undergraduates.

  • Creates pathways for returning citizens to continue higher education after release.

  • Supports the efforts of other groups and organizations at UR that champion social justice, through initiatives such as project partnerships.