The word cloud above represents how my 2012 Inside-Out students from Oregon State University and the Oregon State Penitentiary felt about their experience in my class. As you may know, the larger the word is in the cloud, the more times it was mentioned by participants. I had each student try to capture the essence of the experience in three words and this is what they came up with. “Inspiring” was by far the most-used word to describe our class. Wouldn’t it be great if all college classes earned such a positive response?
This quarter’s students also added more posts to our We Are the 1 in 100 tumblr site, offering perspectives on incarceration and communities from both inside and outside of prison. For the first time, we’ve got photos taken inside the prison on the site; while no individuals are identified in these posts, I think it adds a little something. Check it out and feel free to add you own submissions.