The links below will connect you with our collection of videos, articles, and resources about CIU, as well as information referenced on this website.
Formerly incarcerated College Initiative students in NYC speak to their counterparts in prison about the benefits of attending college after release. This film was shown in pre-release classes for many years. Produced by Jeremy Robins and Benay Rubenstein.
A short video exploring barriers to college admission for applicants with criminal records. Produced by Jeremy Robins and Benay Rubenstein as part of the campaign to Ban the Box on college applications.
This award-winning video tells the story of the rise and fall of college programs in NYS Prisons, starting with the Attica Uprising. Produced by Barbara Zahm and Benay Rubenstein.
With fanfare and much applause, the CIU graduation ceremony was held for the students of College Initiative Upstate (CIU) at Coltivare on June 6, 2019.
CIU students honored at the 2019 College Initiative Upstate Graduation Celebration, all of whom overcame court involvement or incarceration to pursue an education.
CIU's Peer Leadership Group, Voices that Must be Heard, was invited to present at the 2020 Beyond the Bars Conference in New York City. "Voices" Peers Clay Hapstak, Latoya Peterson, and Richard Rivera shared their community projects and personal stories with the audience. The full record of their presentation is available for download here.
An insightful piece of journalism written by CIU student, Richard Rivera, for The Marshall Project. Rivera speaks about how his experiences in prison during the AIDS Crisis of the early 1980s remind him of the panicked responses he sees to the Coronavirus now.
What Home Means to the Homeless: These Are the Things They Hung On To, When So Many Things Were Lost
Richard Rivera, who has worked with Ithaca’s homeless encampment throughout the Pandemic, spoke with NYT staff photographer Damon Winter on several occasions while he researched this compelling story.
Traumatized to Death: The Cumulative Effects of Serial Parole Denials written by Richard Rivera, was published in the July 2020 issue of the CUNY LAW REVIEW a student-run publication devoted to producing
In May 2019, the NY Giants football team visited Ithaca to learn what alternatives the county is successfully using to incarceration. In April 2020 – one year after meeting, CIU received a surprise grant from our favorite football team!
Building Pathways of Possibility from Criminal Justice to College: College Initiative as a Catalyst Linking Individual and Systemic Change
In 2011, Susan Sturm wrote a study that documents and analyzes College Initiative’s development from an individual service delivery program into one that links individual and systemic change. Her multi-level research revealed how CI’s involvement with criminal justice and higher education transforms both sides of the relationship.
This 3-year study was the first Participatory Action Research (PAR) Project on college in prison where incarcerated women at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, most of whom were College Bound students, were trained to do primary research. Read this piece to discover their fascinating findings.
A comprehensive report, put together by the Prison Policy Initiative, that explains the whole picture of mass incarceration. Read this report to better understand the reasons behind mass incarceration, and its racial disparities, in the United States.
Written by David Sanders, the Tompkins County Criminal Justice Coordinator, the annual report on the CJATI group highlights areas of growth and stagnation in the fight to reduce incarceration in Tompkins County.
In 2005, the NuLeadership Policy Group, led by Eddie Ellis, initiated a campaign to use the word “people” instead of using language such as inmate, convict, prisoner, or felon. This campaign was part of a broader effort “to assist our transition from prison to communities as responsible citizens and to create a more positive human image of ourselves.”