“Learning means to travel to the battleground. Learning means to realize the true challenge before me and to strategize, to struggle, to sit in the fire so that I see what I have been avoiding, to understand what I am most afraid of, and to meet the challenge of the forces in this world that attempt to undercut humanity.... Each person reflects me to myself in an entirely new and evolving way. Learning from others is to learn about myself. Learning will never be finished.”
“There is a power in the collective actions of good people. Inside-Out lets us find the source of that power. We do it. We grow. We change the world one class at a time.”
“This has been the most meaningful teaching I’ve ever engaged in. Something happens in the Inside-Out circle that is so much more than the sum of its parts that you can get to feeling like the ceiling might blow off! Apparently, our society desperately needs these conversations – these extensions of trust – to happen. Inside-Out students humble and buoy the instructor; these classes challenge, elate, educate, pierce the heart. Consistently, across the country, the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is opening up doors that simply must open; I believe this is life-changing work for all who participate.”
“I feel incredibly thankful to have stumbled upon the world of Inside-Out teaching. My involvement in Inside-Out has given me a venue, even as I am employed at an elite university, to put significant energies into education with disenfranchised people, as well as into collaboration amidst deep forms of diversity. The experience has highlighted the transformative value to students of combining intellectual, emotional and experiential learning. I have expanded my capacities and deepened my knowledge as an instructor and as a human being.”
“I have found that my course, which focuses on citizenship status and its effects on creating social disadvantage, provides as much or more academic challenge for the (campus-based) students as other classes because they need to keep up with the level of intellectual seriousness and personal engagement among the incarcerated students."
THE INSIDE-OUT CENTER