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Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP) Participation

Created: July 13, 2018

The Northwestern Prison Education Program Graduate Student Advisory Council invites graduate students to participate in the new Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP).

NPEP is a partnership between Northwestern University and the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide a high-quality liberal arts education to incarcerated students in the state of Illinois. There are several ways you can participate: 

1. (Co)teaching at Cook County Jail
We are looking for volunteer graduate student instructors to teach or co-teach general education and introductory courses 3 hours per week at Division 10, a maximum security unit at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. Classes will meet twice a week for 90-minute sessions. These skill-building courses are akin to those offered as freshman seminars at Northwestern and may be on the topic of your choosing.

NPEP can provide funding for course materials and for transportation/parking. 

If you are interested in teaching or co-teaching your own class for a quarter this upcoming year, please email the following information to npep@northwestern.edu:

  • Name(s), Program(s), Year(s)
  • Course Proposal. Please include subject matter and assignment to be covered, as well as in which quarter you would like to teach.
  • Statement of Interest. Please provide a short summary of why you want to teach at Cook County Jail, and indicate any prior experience you may have with prison education.
  • Other Commitments. Please provide a short summary of your other commitments for the quarter in which you would like to teach.
  • Please list two references (phone and email addresses).
  • Please attach your CV.
2. Stateville Book Club
Northwestern faculty members will offer 4 classes this year to incarcerated students at Stateville, a maximum-security prison located about an hour from Chicago. The NPEP Graduate Student Advisory Council is organizing a book group that will meet on a quarterly basis with interested Stateville students to discuss a book related to their coursework, current events, or issues of public concern. Join us for what we know will be meetings of fruitful and all-too-rare intellectual exchange.

If you would like to join, email npep@northwestern.edu with "Stateville Book Club" in the subject line.

3. One-on-One Tutoring
Volunteer to visit Stateville with NPEP faculty to offer additional one-on-one tutoring time to our incarcerated students. You can learn more about the current NPEP curriculum by visiting our NPEP website.

If you would like to get involved, email npep@northwestern.edu with "NPEP Tutoring" in the subject line.

4. Pitch us!
Do you have an idea for a workshop, reading group, conference, writing project, or any other creative educational initiative that we might offer to our students at Stateville or Cook County Jail? Email npep@northwestern.edu with "NPEP Proposal" in the subject line.

Please visit the NPEP website for more information and ways to get involved, or email a member of the NPEP Graduate Student Advisory Council:

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