Inside-Out Comes to University of Michigan- Ann Arbor!

Inside-Out Comes to University of Michigan- Ann Arbor!

Inside-Out is a national program that brings together incarcerated men and women with college students to study as peers. Participants are challenged to deepen and transform their understanding of crime, justice, freedom, inequality, and other issues of social concern through a variety of academic disciplinary fields. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor will host its first two Inside-Out courses during the fall of 2016. One course offered through the Department of Classical Studies and called, “The Socratic Tradition of Conscientious Objection” will study prison writings of the world’s greatest thinkers. The other course will be offered through the Department of Sociology and will focus on the theoretical and sociological study of crime and the criminal justice system.

The Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) will serve as the home for Inside-Out on the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor campus. CEAL will provide curricular and logistical support for faculty interested in teaching an Inside-Out course. The hope is that by centralizing the exciting efforts happening across campus, each course will receive the support it needs without having to recreate the wheel.  CEAL also wants to promote a community of faculty who will be able to learn from one another and share resources.

Inside-Out began at Temple University in Philadelphia during the fall of 1997 and has grown to include more than 150 colleges and universities across North America. The goal is for the students on both the inside and outside to have transformative learning experiences while engaging in collaborative activities and dialogue.  The hope is that this educational opportunity will promote communities that are more inclusive, just, and socially sustainable.

The goals of Inside-Out fits so naturally with the mission of CEAL which is to promote pedagogical innovation through community-based learning (CBL) initiatives that help students become adaptive, creative, and impactful in their engagement with the world. CEAL emphasizes the role of reflective practice within CBL which is a High Impact Practice.  By combining reflection with the engaged activities of the Inside-Out curriculum, the inside and outside students co-learning through courses offered through the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor will be able to process the impacts of this transformative experience.  If interested in learning more or to enroll in one of the fall courses please email ceal-info@umich.edu.