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Founding Manager, Justice Education Initiative:

Tyee Griffith MPA

Inside-Out Faculty Liaison:

Tessa Hicks Peterson, Ph.D | (909) 607-0204

Inside-Out Courses

Inside-Out courses for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years

Faculty who wish to teach an Inside-Out course must complete an intensive, six-day Inside-Out training. A dozen trainings are offered annually around the country.

Funding Support

The Initiative offers financial support for justice education-related events sponsored by faculty, staff and student organizations at The Claremont Colleges, which may include, but are not limited to, conferences, lectures, invited speakers, community engagement, and art initiatives in addition to course development awards, faculty development opportunities, student-sponsored event awards, and more. For more information on types and amounts of funding available please carefully review the guidelines before accessing the Request for Funding form.


  • Launch the new five college/five course cohort, Justice Education Learning Community. The following persons have been appointed as the Learning Community Coordinators at each 5C: Derik Smith, CMC; Ambereen Dadabhoy, HMC; Adrian Pantoja, Pitzer; Thomas Kim, SCR; Sue Castagnetto, PO. These coordinators are charged with developing a Spring, 2020 course to engage incoming freshmen on topics related to justice education or the criminal justice system and with facilitating regular shared intercollegiate justice activities among the cohort of students/classes. The coordinators will also mentor/advise this cohort of students over the next three years towards pathways for further engagement with justice education (courses, major, study abroad, etc). They are also key campus facilitators in developing a long-term academic program (e.g. developing aligned curriculum across the 7Cs, such as a sequence/certificate/minor/major related to Criminal Justice Studies).
  • Review existing courses that exist on topics related to justice education or the criminal justice system and survey faculty interest and placement for a new sequence/minor of this nature.
  • Secure development of new courses across the Colleges on topics related to justice education or the criminal justice system, with support of Mellon grant-funded course development awards.
  • Launch new assessments of student learning and overall impact of justice education at TCC and oversee the slate of 15 Inside-Out courses this year, with support of new grant faculty liaison, Darryl Yong (HMC).
  • Develop a new Faculty Policy Working Group to research current and potential policies related to the criminal justice system and advocate, educate, and conduct outreach on them with others in the 7Cs and more broadly
  • Develop new and support existing community-campus partnerships with local organizations that work on justice education, policy reform, and re-entry services for collaborative efforts, curricular connections and student internships.
  • Seek ongoing support and sustainability of related Inside-Out courses and Justice Education co-curricular programming with existing campus resources.


  • Awarded $1.1 million Mellon grant for Justice Education.
  • Convened 7C faculty and staff bi-weekly working group, plus subcommittees focusing on curricular coherence, co-curricular activities, and advancement/outreach.
  • 22 Claremont faculty trained to teach Inside-Out Prison Exchange classes.
  • 12 Inside-Out classes taught in 2018-19; 15 slated for 2019-20.
  • Ongoing contributions to value-added learning opportunities and the public good.
  • Launched a dedicated website for Justice Education at The Claremont Colleges: