Juwan Z. Bennett is an advanced PhD student. He is originally from the Philadelphia area
and received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Temple University, graduating Magna Cum
Laude in 2013. During his undergraduate studies, he was a Ronald E. McNair Research
Scholar and worked as an Athletic Mentor / Tutor in the Resnick Academic Support Center
for Student-Athletes. Juwan has worked with Dr. Nicole Van Cleve, conducting
ethnographic observations and with Education Professor Dr. James Earl Davis examining
how alternative education programs can be successful at preventing delinquency. As a
result of his research endeavors, he was invited by Elijah Anderson to attend his Urban
Ethnography Workshop at Yale University.
Juwan’s research interests include youth crime & juvenile justice, developmental and life
course criminology, and the relationships between education and crime / delinquency.
Juwan is also the co-founder of the Temple University Urban Youth Leadership Academy, a
program designed to equip the next generation of leaders and is a recipient of multiple
prestigious awards including the Bill & Melinda Gates ICPSR Diversity Scholarship, the
Ford Pre-doctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention List, the Temple University Diamond
Award, and the Temple University Faculty Award.
Juwan has been actively involved with Inside-Out Prison Exchange program since 2016
and is a member of the Graterford Think Tank. A fun fact about Juwan is that he is an
accomplished musician, performing live for President Obama.
Jeri Kirby Fairmont State University
Jeri is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Fairmont State University in West Virginia. She earned a B.A. and M.A. from West Virginia University. She has taught Inside-Out courses for several years at the Federal Correctional Institution in Hazelton.
Dave Krueger Temple University
David M. Krueger is an author, educator, and scholar who is passionate about public engagement with the understanding of religion, history, and social justice. His areas of scholarly expertise include American religious history, violence, myths, and popular culture. He received a ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in religion from Temple University. Dr. Krueger is also a versatile and seasoned educator who has taught at several local colleges and universities and he has served as a trainer for a variety of community-based organizations, including The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and Temple University's Dialogue Institute. He is currently serving as the interim assistant director of Inside-Out and oversees all media and continuing education and instructional support efforts through Inside-Out's Instructor Resource Community.
Lori Pompa Temple University
Lori Pompa has been going into prisons for more than 35 years and has taken thousands of students (and others) into correctional facilities through a variety of courses and exchanges during that time. She has been on the Criminal Justice faculty at Temple University since 1992, and is Founder and Executive Director of The Inside-Out Center at Temple University, International Headquarters of The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, which she began as a single class in 1997. As a 2003 Soros Justice Senior Fellow, Lori collaborated with others on both sides of the prison wall to develop Inside-Out into an international model of transformative pedagogy.
Over the past 16 years, 1100 college and university instructors from throughout the U.S. and several other countries have taken part in the Inside-Out Training Institute, of which 69 have been held to date. She has co-facilitated (or been involved in) each of those trainings. Hundreds of Inside-Out classes have been offered so far, involving more than 60,000 inside (incarcerated) and outside (campus-based) students. Lori regularly speaks about Inside-Out’s history and contributions, most notably at the Clinton School of Public Service, at the Fetzer Institute’s Global Gathering on Love and Forgiveness in Assisi, Italy, at the University of Sydney in Australia, and at Durham University in the U.K.
Tiffany Simmons Howard University, American University
Professor Tiffany Simmons serves as a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at both Howard University and American University. Her areas of study include criminology, criminal justice and law. Ms. Simmons also serves as the Inside-Out Program Coordinator for American University. Currently, she is the Special Assistant/Chief of Staff to the Deputy Director of College and Career Readiness, Professional Development, and Special Projects for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections. In this role, Professor Simmons has administrative oversight of the education, training and professional development of the inmates and staff. She previously worked as an educational advocate/attorney with a focus on assisting many at-risk youth with their educational needs. Professor Simmons is a graduate of Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law and she earned her B.A. in political science from Johnson C. Smith University.
Ella Turenne Occidental College
Ella is an artist, activist and educator. Currently, she is Assistant Dean for Community Engagement at Occidental College, where she works with students, faculty, staff and community partners to engage in social justice projects in Los Angeles. Ella’s work has been published in various anthologies including Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees (nominated for a 2007 NAACP Image Award), Woman’s Work: The Short Stories, and most recently in Turning Teaching Inside Out. She is the editor of a volume of visual art and poetry commemorating the Haitian revolution entitled revolution|revolisyon|révolution 1804-2004: An Artistic Commemoration of the Haitian Revolution. Ella is also a filmmaker whose work has been an official selection of various national film festivals including the Hollywood Black Film Festival and the Montréal International Haitian Film Festival, where her short film Woodshed was nominated for Best Short Film. In response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ella co-edited a volume of poetry on Haiti called For the Crowns of Your Heads; the funds raised were used to aid a library that was destroyed in Port-au-Prince. As an activist, she is on the Executive Steering Committee of the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was also a member of the BLACKOUT Arts Collective where she participated in Lyrics on Lockdown, a national tour where she performed and facilitated workshops educating communities about the prison-industrial complex. She was also co-founder of SistaPAC Productions, whose mission is to develop original creative works from women of color.
“I will seriously examine the process involved in my own teaching and how I approach it. I need to think more about having the courage to ‘let go’ a little more. I think that the inside students may have a powerful effect on outside students by humanizing issues (substantive) and the educational process. More aware of the differences in how men and women communicate and bond, and I’ll think more about this particularly as an educator. I’m encouraged that a genuine college course can be done inside.”
(Inside-Out Instructor, reflecting on the weeklong training)
“…I now understand why... the type of subject taught is irrelevant. That is, while the academic material is important, it is not about conveying the information to the students. Rather, it is about getting students to unfold and create, first, a relationship with themselves. By doing so, that is when students will have the ability to connect with both themselves and others on a deeper level, which is why the academic subject is irrelevant. Essentially, what I will take from this training is that despite how scholarly or academically knowledgeable I may be, it is not my job to push my achievements and knowledge of my specialty toward the students. I am only there to facilitate that deeper human connection, and that is essential.”
(Inside-Out Instructor, reflecting on the weeklong training)