November 27, 2018 | Academic Affairs

By Lisa H. Rosearrow sign reads re-entry

I am pleased to announce the symposium Pedagogy, Programs, and Policies that Support and Sustain Justice-Involved CUNY Students will be held Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Fiterman Hall (245 Greenwich Street) 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  The call for proposals will be open until January 25th. There are five themes and details are below.

The conference theme, Justice involvement, is a broad term that refers to individuals who are leaving prison (over 600,000 individuals leave federal and state prisons and reenter their communities annually) as well as the millions of others who have spent time in local jails, juvenile facilities, or have a record of criminal convictions.

Countless works of research and autobiography have attested to the power of education to transform lives—during and after incarceration.  The City University of New York–which welcomes all comers and has always been a “portal of opportunity” for New Yorkers—has emerged as a national leader in educating justice-involved students.  By welcoming and supporting justice-involved students into our institutions we open doors to education and economic opportunity.

There is an urgent need for colleges and universities to understand this population as they pursue higher education.   This conference will take stock of current efforts at CUNY and look to chart a course for the future. What are the unique needs and challenges of students with justice involvement? What kinds of programs and policies have been/can be implemented within the university to ensure that such students are afforded the support necessary for their academic and career success?  What can we learn from the best of what we’ve accomplished for these students to further improve what we offer them?

This symposium, made possible by a grant  from the Trinity Church Wall Street, will provide CUNY scholars, CUNY program staff and administrators, reentry experts from Community Based Organizations (CBOs), as well as justice-involved students and alums, an opportunity to share research, best practices, knowledge and experiences.  In so doing, we can reduce barriers, transform programs, coordinate efforts, and deepen productive relationships—all in an effort to diminish stigma, and promote equity and inclusion for justice-involved students in higher education and beyond.

Submit a Presentation Proposal by January 25th, 2019.

We welcome qualitative, quantitative, case study, or research in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), as well as theoretical, historical, or ethnographic, auto-ethnographic and narrative works.

The symposium’s breakout sessions will focus on several key themes (see below). Presenters will share 60-90 minute sessions with two other panelists who may be CBO reentry experts, CUNY program professionals, and/or justice involved students or alums.

Theme A) Pedagogy: Pedagogy and critical classroom practices to support justice involved students.

Theme B) Barriers: Understanding the barriers that justice involved students face (in prison, in communities, in school, on internships, in careers).

Theme C) Distinct Populations: Issues, concerns, and experiences of justice involved distinct student populations (such as women, youth, adults, members of the LGBTQ community)

Theme D) Support: Best practices in the support of justice involved students from classroom to career (including but not limited to mentoring, advising, and career counseling).

Theme E) Equity, Inclusion, and Justice: Best advocacy practices that will reduce stigma, promote equity and inclusion, and eliminate barriers for justice involved students in higher education and beyond.

 Submissions can be done online  by January 25, 2019 and should include:

  • Presenter (s)
  • Email
  • Phone
  • College/Affiliation
  • Presentation title
  • Theme (A,B,C,D, or E-see above)_______
  • Presentation synopsis (140 words)
  • 500 word presentation summary. Please use APA style of citations and referencing.

For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Hale Rose,, 212-220-1227.

Lisa Hale Rose is a Professor of Social Work at Borough of Manhattan Community College, a representative to the University Faculty Senate, and a member of the UFS Committee on Higher Education in the Prisons, which will be co-sponsoring this conference.

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