IE23: Megan Callaghan. Renewed Hope for the Incarcerated Through College Education.



We continue our discussions about the innovative Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) to provide a college education for the incarcerated.  Through BPI, inmates are given opportunity to study college courses and earn associate and bachelors degrees.  BPI has facilitated a unique opportunity for its graduates to reinvent their lives and provide renewed hopes for their future.  The rate of success and contribution by BPI graduates reinforces the value of a college degree and the ability to transform individuals.  Since its inception in 2001, BPI has grown and operates six satellite campuses throughout New York.  Recently, Max Kenner, founder and executive director of BPI, was recognized for the innovative program and won a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award.

Our inspiring educator is Dr. Megan Callaghan, the director of operation for BPI and a classroom instructor.  As a professor of anthropology, Dr. Callaghan shares her personal insights and experience from teaching her highly motivated students, and as the operational director, she shares her pivotal role overseeing a dedicated group of instructors.  Join us and learn about what former President Bill Clinton observed in his book Giving, BPI “is a good investment in a safer, more productive society.”

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One response to “IE23: Megan Callaghan. Renewed Hope for the Incarcerated Through College Education.”

  1. Andre Centeno

    First, I would like to applaud you for your continued endeavors with providing an opportunity for the incarcerated to obtain a college education. I am a formally incarcerated individual that was able to take advantage of the college programs that were afforded in the New York State prisons during the 80’s & 90’s. I came home with a BA degree in the social science field and continued that with completing an MSW degree at Adelphi University. If it were not for the degree I earned while incarcerated, I dare to say that I would’ve not be a free man today or the father of 3 children, and one of them that enlisted into the Marines and is set to deploy in August after graduating from HS. On February 7th, 2015 I will be speaking at an event in Staten Island, NY (St George’s Public Library) that is on this same very topic. The hope is to generate more support to bring the college programs back into the New York State prisons. Individuals speaking at this event will be those advocating for a college education in prison, and others who benefited from the college programs when they were incarcerated. Finally, I would like to thank you for your continued efforts, and for not giving up on providing a dream from those that are living a nightmare.

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