Claflin University Pathways from Prison Program

Mission statement

Claflin’s Pathways from Prison Program, a key program housed under our Center for Social Justice, similarly embodies a number of Claflin’s guiding principles, most importantly Commitment to Valuing People. At Claflin we value people by providing a safe, wholesome and healthy environment that fosters mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion.

Our Pathways from Prison Program aims

- to serve as a resource for all to unite, educate, and advocate against injustices that impact our community and state, particularly as it relates to education, careers, and housing;

- to support and engage students, faculty, and staff to be transformational leaders in their communities, specifically as they assist individuals who are currently or formerly incarcerated;

- to develop innovative curriculum, encourage creative expression and thought, and cultivate programs that engage, affirm, and uplift those most impacted by systems of oppression, specifically educational, career, and housing oppression; and

- to expand relationships and partnerships between the greater Orangeburg community, South Carolina, the United States of America, and the world, particularly as it relates to education, career, and housing programming for individuals who are currently or formerly incarcerated. 

News Articles, Videos, and Social Media

"Claflin University Awarded Second Chance Pell Grant by the U.S. Department of Education"

Claflin University is among 67 colleges and universities recently selected to participate in the Second Chance Pell Grant Pilot Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

'Second Chance' Grant will allow Claflin University to help those incarcerated.
News video and article from WLTX-19.

"Claflin to participate in virtual Second Chance Pell on Capitol Hill Day"
Claflin is one of a few historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the only higher educational institution in the state of South Carolina selected by the Vera Institute of Justice to speak with S.C. congressmen this year.

"Secretary DeVos Expands Second Chance Pell Experiment, More than Doubling Opportunities for Incarcerated Students to Gain Job Skills and Earn Postsecondary Credentials"
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the U.S. Department of Education is inviting a new cohort of 67 schools to participate in its Second Chance Pell experiment, creating more education opportunities for incarcerated students.

‘Pathways from Prison’ initiative at Claflin University aims to change lives of inmates
Claflin University prepares to embark on a new venture to help individuals jailed thrive beyond the prison walls.

For more information contact

Dr. Vanessa Harris
Dr. Vanessa Harris
Interim Director, Claflin's Pathways From Prison Program
Academic Advisor/Coach/Assistant Professor of Education

phone: (803) 535-5370 

For more degree information visit our Center for Professional and Continuing Studies.
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