Justice in Education

We are seeking educators with a strong a commitment to social justice who are interested in volunteering with the Justice-in-Education Initiative's Rikers Education Program. The REP offers art and humanities workshops at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility. This opportunity is for those who would like to help with programs at the Rose M. Singer Center for women. The workshops are 2 to 3 hours long, once a week, and meet for 4 to 6 weeks. Classes have approximately 15 students. Individuals who have been directly affected by incarceration are strongly encouraged to apply. The Justice-in-Education Initiative, established by The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Center for Justice with support from the Mellon Foundation, offers educational opportunities in prisons, jail, and for formerly incarcerated individuals.

Please reach out to Mia Ruyter, Education and Outreach Manager at The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, at [email protected].

Past Events

Educating for Justice Orientation/Information session for volunteers and those interested in volunteering to work with vulnerable populations.

September 15, 2018, 1:30-4:30 pm

Columbia Law School, Case Lounge, 7th floor

Learn about mass incarceration and the challenges and rewards of working with incarcerated populations.  All volunteers working with vulnerable populations, especially incarcerated people, are encouraged to attend.  People considering committing to this important work are also invited.


1:30pm - Welcome

1:45pm - Justice Ambassadors, Center for Justice Robert Wright, Ivan Calaf, and Jarrell Daniels will address the realities of educational programs in correctional facilities, the challenges of reentry, and what success feels like.

2:30pm - Culturally Sensitive Pedagogy - What it is, how to do it with Brianna Baker. Ms. Baker (TC, MA '17) teaches history and civil rights at a public school in the Bronx.  She will lead a workshop on liberation pedagogy/culturally sensitive pedagogy.

3:15pm - Trauma and Resiliency - Helping Healing with Patricia Yoon and Taryn Hughes.  Dr. Yoon is a clinical psychologist, whose professional interests include integrative treatment approaches to trauma, minority mental health, depression and anxiety, and addictions. Taryn Hughes is Founder of Forest Hughes & Associates which provides compassion fatigue support to professionals exposed to trauma at work. Dr. Yoon and Ms. Hughes will explain how traumatic experiences have impacted sensitive populations, and will lead activities designed to help volunteers help trauma survivors and to cope with the stresses of working with vulnerable populations.

4pm - Closing