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Greenhaven Prison Program

The Vassar Greenhaven Prison Program, led by professor of religion and Africana Studies Lawrence Mamiya, began in 1979 as a weekly dialogue on current events between Vassar students and inmates at the maximum-security prison in Stormville, NY. The program has evolved into a broader educational experience for both students and inmates, confronting issues such as race, class, stereotypes, and economic opportunity.

Many of the Vassar students have gone on to work with other prison education programs, and since 1999 an annual reunion has brought together Vassar alumnae/i and former Greenhaven inmates for conversation.