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Andy Eisen joins the Prison Education Project in Undergraduate Studies

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The Office of Undergraduate Studies is excited to welcome Dr. Andy Eisen as the director of the Prison Education Project; he will also bringing UPEP, STEMCAP, and INSPIRE into Undergraduate Studies.

Dr. Eisen has worked in the field of higher education in prison for the past decade, starting as a graduate student at the University of Illinois where he earned a Ph.D. in History. His first experience teaching incarcerated learners with the Education Justice Project transformed his understanding of the power of higher education to enrich the lives of students, instructors, volunteers, and our communities as a whole. In 2015, after moving to Florida, Dr. Eisen co-founded the Community Education Project (CEP), a college-in-prison program at Stetson University, where incarcerated students take credit-bearing courses, conduct and publish research, and have recently built an expansive community garden on the compound. Under Dr. Eisen’s guidance, incarcerated scholars created an award-winning traveling exhibit documenting histories of slavery and Indian Removal in East Florida. 
 
CEP is currently supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Laughing Gull Foundation. In total, Dr. Eisen helped raise more than a million dollars for the program. Dr. Eisen is excited to bring his passion for working with incarcerated learners to the University of Utah.

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Last Updated: 7/7/22