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First State First Chance UD Prison Education Program

2021-2022 UDARI Subcommittee Grant Award Winner

The First State Chance Subcommittee will be using UD Anti-Racism Initiative funding to cover student enrollment in courses offered in Winter and Spring 2022. Offering incarcerated people of all races and genders the opportunity to earn a college degree is a matter of social justice and can be articulated as a form of reparations. Those previously denied an opportunity for an education and access to social, educational and cultural capital can gain a pathway to full citizenship through prison education. Tuition will be spread across courses with preference given to those students enrolling in courses that fulfill either degree or certificate pathways. The First State First Chance Subcommittee remains optimistic that funding will allow for the roll out of several non-credit bearing certificates to be offered through the Professional and Continuing Studies. This funding will allow the First State First Chance subcommittee to continue building capacity, while troubleshooting the pedagogical and institutional issues unique to this kind of program delivery.

Mission

To highlight the role of prison education in UD’s mandate.

Goals

Expand course offerings from all colleges, partner with DSU and DelTech and provide courses in all DE prisons.

Members:

Chair: Chrysanthi Leon (Sociology & Criminal Justice)
Membership for this sub-committee is at capacity and is not accepting new members at this time.
  • Nada Abuasi (Criminal Justice/Political Science, Undergraduate Student)
  • Taylor Bucy (Psychology/Women’s Studies, Undergraduate Student)
  • Shannon Burke (Elementary Education, Undergraduate Student)
  • Charito Calvachi-Mateyko (Delaware Humanities)
  • Alexis Carel (Sociology & Criminal Justice, Undergraduate Student)
  • Katie Cirrito (Criminal Justice, Undergraduate Student)
  • Emily Davis (English)
  • Neri de Kramer-Lynch (Associate in Arts Program)
  • Nathan Elton (Career Services Center)
  • Jessica Estok (Student Wellness & Health Promotion)
  • Adam Foley (Office of Equity & Inclusion)
  • Gracie Girvalo (Political Science, Undergraduate Student)
  • Chad Giusti (Mathematical Sciences)
  • Carla Guerron-Montero (Anthropology)
  • Angela Hattery (Women & Gender Studies)
  • Paul Jackson (Geography)
  • Tara Kee (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program)
  • Aaya Kingsbury (History, Graduate Student)
  • Katheryn Lawson (History, PhD Student)
  • Jules Lowman (Undergraduate Student)
  • Helen Mach (Communication Sciences & Disorders Postdoc)
  • Michael Miller (Development & Alumni Relations)
  • Sarah Meadows (IT Strategic Operations)
  • Susan Miller (Sociology & Criminal Justice)
  • Alan Parkes (History, PhD Student)
  • Graciela Perez (Criminology, PhD Student)
  • Keerthi Potluri (English)
  • Autumn Potter (Sociology, Undergraduate Student)
  • Michelle Richards (Human Devlopment & Family Services, Early Childhood Education)
  • Eric Rise (Sociology & Criminal Justice)
  • Rachel Rohman (Criminal Justice/Public Policy, Undergraduate Student)
  • Nicholas Russell  (Applied Mathematics, PhD Student)
  • Gilberto Schleiniger (Mathematical Sciences)
  • Lawson Schultz (Undergraduate Student)
  • Michele Schwander (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Sowmya Shankar (IT Enterprise Cloud & Services)
  • Earl Smith (Associate of Arts Program/Women & Gender Studies)
  • David Suisman (History)
  • Casey Taylor (Biden School of Public Policy & Administration)
  • Andie Weaver (Applied Mathematics, PhD Student)