The Rikers Education Program (REP) provides opportunities for people at Rikers Island, and Columbia University students and faculty to engage in college-oriented education programming. REP offers one college-credit course each semester in a variety of topics, including creative writing, art history, literature, sociology, and philosophy.
Throughout the year, Columbia volunteers and community partners offer workshops on topics including art, creative writing, and philosophy to incarcerated men and women, ages 18 and up. Through arts and humanities programming that incorporates social justice issues, REP seeks to kindle the interest of incarcerated adults in education, while encouraging reflections on justice and social responsibility. We aim to increase access to quality education for people who are incarcerated in order to develop culturally responsive education programming, cultivate positive social-emotional development, and support students to think critically about issues of social justice.