Meet the Scholars

We strive to make higher education available to a population that has been systematically excluded from it

Our new cohort is here
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The Justice-in-Education Initiative brings educational programs to those impacted by our broken justice system

and engages the Columbia community in the movement to end mass incarceration.

Our Programs

An overview of our programs

Justice-in-Education Scholars

Increasing educational opportunities for those directly affected by incarceration

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Rikers Education Program

Providing opportunities for young people at Rikers Island

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Prison Education Program

Bringing Columbia courses to students who are currently incarcerated

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Columbia and the Justice-in-Education Initiative

On Campus

We are changing the ways we talk about justice on campus, starting with integrating the study of justice more fully into the Columbia curriculum.

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