Congratulations to Justice-in-Education Scholar Devon Simmons, featured here in Metro.Simmons was part of the first cohort of students in the Prison-to-College Pipeline program, an initiative of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Otisville Correctional Facility that began in 2011.
On June 10, 2016, Columbia University announced that it has joined with the Obama Administration and colleges and universities from across the American economy as a founding partner for the launch of the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge. This pledge represents a call-to-action for all institutions of higher education to improve their communities by eliminating barriers for those with a criminal record and create a pathway for a second chance.
Two Justice-in-Education Scholars accompanied Co-Director Geraldine Downey to the White House for a discussion on ways to remove barriers preventing citizens with criminal records from pursuing higher education. ED simultaneously released a 50 page guide: "Beyond the Box, Increasing Access to Higher Education for Justice-Involved Individuals."
Justice-in-Education Fellow and Society of Fellows Alumnus Brian Goldstone was recently published in Jacobin. His piece, "Justice for All" argues that "ending the scourge of mass incarceration will require seeking justice not just for the innocent but for the guilty."
In his welcome and opening remarks to the 19th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership & Public Policy Forum on April 7, 2016, President Bollinger acknowledged the Justice-in-Education Initiative as one of the Columbia Programs that addresses the issues of mass incarceration and criminalization.
A special issue of the American Music Review features selected papers from a conference hosted last summer at Columbia called "Restaging the Harlem Renaissance: New Views on the Performing Arts in Black Manhattan".