Andy Eisen joins the Prison Education Project in Undergraduate Studies
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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