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Congrats to PEP Writers in this year’s Gallatin Review

Six students at Wallkill Correctional Facility were published in this year’s Gallatin Review, an annual student journal at NYU. Two students have earned first prize awards. Mychal Pagan has won first prize in poetry for “Stigmas of the Caged” and Hashani Forrester has won first prize in prose for “Intangible Wounds.” Read this year’s 35th Volume online at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Housing & Updates, PEP Newsletter April 2020

Our courses continue to run this semester at Wallkill Correctional Facility through weekly correspondence. Over the past month, one of our top priorities has been to provide stable transitional housing for students who have been released from prison during our current public health crisis. Get more updates in our April 2020 Newsletter.

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COVID-19, PEP Newsletter March 2020

We have been working diligently for the past two weeks on a plan to stay in communication with the students up at Wallkill Correctional Facility and with our students who are home. Read more to learn about how we are supporting one another.

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Fire in the Lake” PEP Creative Publication 2019

Students enrolled in NYU at Wallkill Correctional Facility have published their third collection of creative writing through a year-long course at the prison called Creating a Publication taught by Professor Allyson Paty. The title, “Fire in the Lake,” came from a poem written by one of the publication’s contributors. This is the third publication to be created by NYU PEP students. Read “Fire in the Lake”

Announcing Grant for Formerly Incarcerated Students, December 2020

NYU has recently announced a new scholarship to award two undergraduate students, formerly incarcerated, each year up to the full cost of tuition – starting in Fall 2020. This funding is in addition to the full-tuition scholarships currently awarded through the prison education program to students transferring from Wallkill C.F. to campus. Please share widely! Learn More & Apply

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Dr. Kim Wilson, Keynote Speaker at Wallkill Graduation, October 2019 

Dr. Kim Wilson, artist, educator, and producer of the Beyond Prisons podcast, gave this year’s keynote speech at the 2019 graduation ceremony on October 28th at Wallkill. Students have requested that we share Dr. Wilson’s remarks with you all! Read here graduation keynote speech, here.

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Six students earn their Associate’s degree from NYU’s Prison Education Program in 2019, October 2019 

Six students have earned their Associate’s Degree through NYU’s Prison Education Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility in 2019. The graduates, family and guests attended a ceremony that was held at the prison on Monday, October 28th. This year was especially memorable; five of the six graduates were recently released from Wallkill. Three graduates made a difficult decision to return to the prison for the opportunity to celebrate and reunite with their former classmates. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2019; Johnathan, Omar, Jeffrey, Rayvon, Darion and James! We’re so proud of you.

Photos by Sam Hollenshead: Courtesy of NYU Photo Burea

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NYU Prison Industrial Complex Committee Report, September 2019 

In the fall of 2018, in the wake of student protests organized by the Incarceration to Education Coalition group, the NYU Office of the President formed an ad-hoc semester-long Prison Industrial Complex Committee charged with examining the ways that NYU is currently engaging these issues.

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NYU Commencement 2019 (Photo Credit: Marian Goldman/ NYU Photo Bureau)

Prison Education Program at 2019 Yankee Commencement, May 2019 

On May 22nd, 2019, Jose Diaz was the first student to earn his Bachelor’s degree through NYU’s Prison Education Program. Diaz first enrolled in college while incarcerated at Wallkill Correctional Facility in 2015. Upon his release from Wallkill, he was admitted to the Washington Square campus and completed his B.A. in Latino Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Diaz will start his Master’s degree as a full-time graduate student at NYU in fall 2019.

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