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 aSmithsonian 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.”