Our Partners.

The Justice-in-Education initiative is indebted to the support of and collaboration with our partners.

The Justice-in-Education Initiative is a collaboration between The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Center for Justice at Columbia University, along with the Media and Idea Lab of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Partnerships with community organizations and educational institutions are essential to this endeavor and sustain our goal to increase access to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women.

Founding Partners

Center for Justice | Columbia University

The Center for Justice at Columbia University is committed to reducing the nation’s reliance on incarceration and advancing alternative approaches to safety and justice through education, research and policy. Its mission is to help transform a criminal justice system from one that is driven by punishment and retribution to one that is centered on prevention and healing. The Center is interdisciplinary and built around community collaboration. It works in partnership with schools, departments, centers and institutes across Columbia, other universities, government agencies, community organizations, advocates and those directly affected by the criminal justice system.


The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities | Columbia University

The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities provides the intellectual and physical space for interdisciplinary discussions among members of the Columbia community and the New York City public. It brings together faculty and students from across the university—from the humanities, social and natural sciences, law, medicine, journalism, and the arts—to share thinking, debate ideas, and collectively consider methodological, conceptual, and ethical issues of common interest and concern. It sponsors public lectures, readings, conferences, and performances, fosters scholarly and artistic collaborations, and offers meeting spaces for its various affiliated members. Its Public Humanities programs serve people in neighboring communities who have limited access to, or who might uniquely benefit from, focused humanities programming—including incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, veterans, and those who are economically disadvantaged.


University Partners

Hudson Link for Higher Education

Hudson Link for Higher Education is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 that empowers currently and formerly incarcerated people to realize their academic and economic potential by managing degree-granting college programs at six correctional facilities in New York State for over 500 students.


Media and Idea Lab at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race | Columbia University

The Media and Idea Lab (MIL) consists of a series of courses and programs that employ media,  particularly visual media, as a mode of inquiry. Key in this effort is the development of a “lab” environment in which students, faculty, and visitors can jointly participate in trying out ideas and creating knowledge communities through media. Students can also develop different types of projects, including curatorial, video, and web.


Marymount at Bedford Hills College Program | Marymount Manhattan College

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New York Consortium for Higher Education in Prison


The New York Consortium for Higher Education in Prison (NYCHEP) is a coalition of administrators, educators, and alumni from more than two dozen higher education institutions and organizations that offer college programming to over 1400 students in over 30 prisons and jails in New York State. NYCHEP embodies the shared knowledge of these institutions and provides a platform for programs to help each other grow, share best practices, and advocate for students.

NYCHEP's mission is to educate students who enroll in college programs during incarceration, and to support their college enrollment, degree completion, and re-entry when they return to the community.

The Justice-in-Education initiative is proud to be a founding member of NYCHEP.

Learn more at nychep.org.

With thanks to the Mellon Foundation

The Justice-in-Education initiative is grateful for the support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.