Jamii Sisterhood is a professional development community of Black women in higher education in prison.
Despite the upheaval of 2020, Jamii Sisterhood LLC, via leadership of the Jamii Executive Team, pushed forward with honest and bold webinars highlighting topics like Black women in higher education in prison, the experiences/narratives of mothers with incarcerated children, decolonizing academic curricula, and generally disrupting the hegemonic infrastructure of higher education, the carceral system, and the delicate intersection of those two systems.
February 2021 will see the JET providing more webinars as we celebrate Black History Month and opening the application of Project Freedom, a Laughing Gull Foundation supported initiative. Project Freedom seeks to increase the presence of Black and LatinX instructors inside correctional facility classrooms through supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities as they design their higher education in prison programs. HBCUs, due to their long history of civic engagement and anti-racist activism, are uniquely suited to provide educational services to incarcerated individuals and, in fact, are poised to lead the field of higher education in prison through rigorous research, data-driven practice, and community service with an eye for equity.
We plan to select ten HBCUs, from the south(east) and southwest, to be in our inaugural cohort and will open the application process on February 1, 2021. We will work closely with this cohort around the following pieces to successfully launching a sustainable HEP program:
Curriculum review and interviews with faculty, students, other higher education institutional stakeholders to identify where your community stands, and what needs to be done.
Expand or establish a comprehensive program delivering higher education in prison.
Professional learning opportunities for Program Leadership, Staff, and Incarcerated Populations.
Contact Jamii to join the community and get the support you need to do the work.