Events 2022-2023

Every year, TUPIT organizes a series of programs about issues related to justice and U.S. incarceration. Drawing heavily on the expertise of formerly incarcerated people, these events, designed to educate our on-campus community, are free and open to the public. Community education is especially important for a program like TUPIT that aims to support the continuation of a student’s education after prison as well, first through the MyTERN reentry program and, in some cases, next, through the bachelor’s and advanced degree programs at Tufts University.

Be sure to subscribe to TUPIT’s Facebook page to stay apprised on all events!

MyTERN’s Third Cohort Graduation Ceremony 

May 4, 2023 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Tufts University Asean Auditorium, Medford, MA.

We will celebrate the graduation of Nurudeen Alabi, Rahmel Askari, Christina Bernbaum, Willie Carbrera, Rome Chacon, David Delvalle, Jimmy Heang, Patrick Lys, Marty O’Brien, Jeffrey Raphael, and Nigel Vaugn from the MyTERN program. We welcome you to join us as the students receive their certificate in Civic Studies from Tufts University. 

Register to attend the ceremony here.

Phoenix Project: Discussion of Health in Prison

Wednesday, April 19th, 2023 at Tufts Medical School ED 316.

Come learn about physical, mental, spiritual, and general health in prison. MyTERN students will describe their experiences with health in collaboration with the Phoenix Project.

In efforts to reduce recidivism, this panel addresses barriers to health coverage, health in prison, and outlets for accessing better health care when coming home.

The Prison to College Pipeline: Education and Decarceration

Monday, April 3, 2023 at Tufts University Barnum Hall.

The Tufts University Prison Initiative and Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative hosted a series a series of panels by students from Tufts’ and Georgetown’s reentry programs on the impacts of the criminal justice system.

The panels centered the podcasts the MyTERN students have been recording in their Storytelling for Justice course this Spring as part of the Tufts Civic Studies Certificate.

You can listen to previous seasons of the MyTERN Conversations Podcast here.

reSentencing Gallery Opening

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm in the Tufts University Barnum Hall Lobby, Medford, MA.

This exhibition showcases a selection of poetry, stories, essays, and visual art from ReSentencing, a nationwide literary and arts journal founded at Tufts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tisch College of Civic Life. Remarks to be made by MyTERN students on the impact of writing, art, and education behind the wall. You can see the work in the Barnum Hall lobby and request a copy of reSentencing volume 1 here.

Reentry and Why Mental Health Matters

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 at 6:00pm -7:30pm in the Tufts University Behrakis Auditorium, 150 Harrison Ave., Boston

Reentering society after serving time in prison affects those returning home in many different ways. Struggling to find a safe, healthy, and affordable housing situation, a job, and even simply identification is made even more difficult when coupled with the trauma of incarceration.

Click here to get more information about our partners at the Transformational Prison Project.

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