Teaching partnerships between incarcerated people in California and the 5Cs might seem like a recent development. But in the late 1960s, student members of Pomona College’s Black Studies Center developed an educational program for prisoners in Chino, led by BSU founder Danny Wilks PO ’71.
After receiving reports of water contamination and lackluster COVID-19 response protocols at the California Institution for Women, the 5C Prison Abolition Collective helped organize a ‘blitz’ campaign earlier this month to raise awareness and call for action.
The on-campus performance of “Undanced Dances Through Prison Walls During a Pandemic” united formerly and currently incarcerated choreographers, professional dancers and about 200 members of the Claremont community on Saturday.
Pitzer College Student Senate unanimously endorsed an amendment to its constitution that would create a representative position for current and previously incarcerated Pitzer students.
As part of her residency inside the California Rehabilitation Center, Scripps College dance professor Suchi Branfman directed a short film featuring the dances of incarcerated choreographers.
Through Pitzer’s Inside-Out program, currently incarcerated students are seeking degrees while participating in progressive classes with other 5C students.
Pitzer College and the Claremont Colleges Justice Education Initiative launched the nation’s first in-prison bachelor’s degree program for currently incarcerated students in a virtual nationwide launch event Dec. 10.
More than 100 5C students are going to prison next year — for class. As the latest step of a program launched in 2014, Pitzer College will be offering 10 “Inside Out” courses next year — four in the fall semester and six in the spring — which will allow more