The University has received $10,000 from the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis in continued support of the Saint Louis University Prison Initiative (formerly College-in-Prison Program).
The Foundation first partnered with the University in funding this program with a gift of $5,000 in 2009 in support of the Certificate in Theological Studies offered by the University at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Corrections Center (ERDCC) in Bonne Terre, Mo.
With a $150,000 gift from the Hearst foundation in 2010, the program has now expanded to an Associates of Arts degree program held at the prison administered through the School for Professional Studies for both incarcerated men and prison staff. It is the first program of its kind in the nation and the only college prison program in Missouri.
In addition to the academic degree program, the Prison Program plans and facilitates arts and education programming at both the ERDCC and SLU's campus for students, staff, faculty and the community. The program consists of a speaker series, arts programming, a video project and a colloquium focused on the revisioning of prison.
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In addition, Prison Program staff received a President's Research Fund award in 2011 to analyze data collected during the course of the A.A. degree program assessing the impact of the program on participants.
Prison Program director and theology professor, Kenneth Parker, Ph.D., founded the Saint Louis University Prison Program in 2008. Communication professor Mary Gould, Ph.D., English professor Devin Johnston, Ph.D., , are co-directors of the arts and education component of the Prison Program.
For more information: The Saint Louis University Prison Program Arts and Education Program was highlighted in the August issue of St. Louis Magazine.
About the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis: The Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis is a local funder that supports efforts to see the Church brought into the lives of hurting people and people included in the healing life of the church.