What We Do
EPI provides rigorous liberal arts education to the inaugural EPI cohort of twenty inmate-students at Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Concord (MCI Concord). Early in Fall 2017, and based on the Bard Prison Initiative’s (BPI) successful admissions model, this first cohort went through a five-step admissions process: beginning with an information session, a timed essay exam that was then scored by a panel of Emerson College and BPI faculty, interviews, and ending with the admission of the top twenty applicants. EPI admission is highly competitive – only twenty out of nearly 100 applicants were selected. Within weeks, the cohort became registered as students in the freshman seminar IN154 Power and Privilege, taught by Dr. Mneesha Gellman, and which is being taught simultaneously on Emerson’s main Boston campus.
EPI plans to continue expanding course offerings at MCI Concord and will admit new cohorts of EPI students moving forward. Emerson brings its unique arts and communications focus to this program, while also creating a strong foundation from which students can decide their own future courses of study, whether at Emerson, other college-in-prison programs, or colleges and universities post-release.