Engaged Opportunity Grants

CU Alumni of the Cornell Prison Education Program

Connecting undergraduates with alumni from the Cornell Prison Education Program in order to strengthen the Cornell community of justice reform advocates.

The Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP) has played a transformative role in community engagement for undergraduates working as volunteer teaching assistants in prisons. NYCPEP is a newly formed group of alumni based in New York City who volunteered as teaching assistants for this program. This project aims to connect current undergraduates with this growing network of CPEP alumni — many of whom continue to work as advocates for social justice-related initiatives — through networking events, campus presentations and mentorship opportunities. Students and alumni use targeted discussions to analyze how CPEP has influences their own world views and how to apply these lessons beyond Cornell. These interactions create pathways for internships and careers as well as continued engagement around issues of incarceration, diversity and social justice.

Grant category: Other

The Team

  • Mary Fainsod KatzensteinDepartment of Government
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jan ZesersonEast Asia Program
    Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies
  • Emily Kling ’16, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Heather Herman ’16, College of Human Ecology
  • Winnie Tong ’14, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Edward Mei ’18, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Rebecca Jackson ’19, College of Human Ecology
  • Community partner: Teaching Assistants for Cornell Prison Education Program (NYCPEP)

Engaged Opportunity Grants

Supporting a wide range of community-engaged projects, from student leadership programs and partnership building to events and conference travel. Open to all faculty and staff.

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