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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
December 5, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Walls to Bridges

Thanks to the generous support of the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, the Walls to Bridges program is based at Laurier's  Faculty of Social Work. Walls to Bridges brings incarcerated students and campus-enrolled students together as classmates in semester-long college or university courses. Classes are held in correctional facilities, and are taught using a circle pedagogy and collaborative dialogue aimed to foster egalitarian and collective learning.

What we do: 

* Teach university or college based classes in institutional and community correctional facilities with both criminal justice involved and campus enrolled students together in the classroom

* Provide annual facilitation trainings for educators interested in setting up their own programs and teaching Walls to Bridges courses in their local communities 

* Provide workshops in prisons, community organizations and universities introducing people to our innovative pedagogy and providing public education and awareness about issues facing criminalized peoples and education 

* We offer ongoing support and resources to the network of people who are launching Inside-Out-inspired programming in Canada. 

*We coordinate a Canadian alumni network, for former Inside-Out students who want to continue working together to address issues of education, social justice and imprisonment.

Contact Information

Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work 
120 Duke Street West, Kitchener  N2H 3W8 
P: 519-884-0710 ext. 5210 
F: 519-888-9732