Student Testimonials

 

It’s hard to put into words all that this course has meant to me. I have met brilliant, compassionate people, I’ve had the chance to engage deeply and honestly with difficult issues like mass incarceration, racism, and other systems of oppression, and the range of perspectives and level of respect and care in discussions are something I’ve never had in any other college course.... In this class we cultivated a space where we could be our best selves. I hope to use the memory of that space to be more aware and honest moving forward... I take with me a more deeply rooted desire for social justice, as well as a better sense of how it might be worked towards.... I learned that I want to be bolder in working for change, that I have work to do.

Outside Student

I never got to do anything like this on the outside. This program gave me a reason to ... open up with people. Before this class I just spent my days waiting to die.... This program made me want to live again. 

Inside Student

[What I will take forward from this course into my life] is perspective. What it means to be a part of something bigger than yourself... To go out and check the facts yourself. To meet someone yourself. To validate and credit those who are discredited by society. To listen instead of speak... I want use this memory the next time I consider skipping a social action. The next time I attempt to distance myself from the plight of another. I take my memories forward wherever I go.... I learned that I don’t have to get it right the first time. That sometimes I need to get it wrong in order to look sufficiently outside of myself to get a better answer.

Outside Student

Over a 92-day period, we spent 13 classes together that brought us roughly 30 hours of interaction. Those 30 hours that I shared with the other 36 people in the classroom have done more for me personally in self-growth, in reconnecting and relating to others, and in preparing me to rejoin society one day than anything provided by the state in the other 203,592 hours I have been imprisoned so far. 

Inside Student

This course has been a powerful experience... [I]t has allowed me to open up and think more creatively. It built a community of respect and encouragement while also taking risks and leaning into creative spaces I normally would have shied away from.... The feeling of community and power, of community building for hope and better futures will stay with me.... I learned to have more faith in myself and my abilities and I was inspired by the Fayette [students].  

Outside Student 

 This course has meant more to me than I think I can possibly say....It allowed to me feel normal in a sense that has not occurred in years. It has lit a fire and desire in me to continue on this path and gain all the knowledge I can and showed me that others are willing to help.... It has changed part of how I look at Social Justice.

Inside Student