Inside-Out Prison Exchange

Expanding LC course offerings at the Columbia River Correctional Institution

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange brings fifteen people incarcerated at the Columbia River Correctional Institution and fifteen undergraduate students together in courses taught by Lewis & Clark College faculty. 

For both students and faculty, the experience is powerful and transformative.“None of us will ever look at the world the same way,” one student said. 

Applications are now open for Summer 2023 Inside-Out Instructor Training Faculty Grants.

Demand for these courses, from both incarcerated (inside) and Lewis & Clark (outside) students, far surpasses our current offerings. Now, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s “Healing Social Suffering Through Narrative” grant, we are expanding the Inside-Out courses offered by Lewis & Clark.  

We hope to hear from you! 

Now Hiring for Summer: Student Mentors and More!

With support from the Mellon Foundation, the Center for Community and Global Health is hiring this Summer. Apply to be a College Success Mentor for high school students, or support nonprofit community partners Inside-Out Prison Exchange or Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative. 

Cry of Freedom: New Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course

Prof. Molly Robinson will be teaching a new course this Fall at Columbia River Correctional Institution as part of the Lewis & Clark College Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. All interested students should apply!

From the Inside-Out: 5 Questions for Molly Robinson

In Summer 2022, Molly Robinson, associate professor of French, completed Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program’s Instructor Training thanks to a faculty grant from the Mellon Foundation and the Center for Community and Global Health.

Inside-Out Instructor Training: Faculty Grant Applications

We are now taking Inside-Out Instructor Training Faculty Grant Applications for Summer 2023! 

VIDEO: How the Humanities Can Save Humanity

Panel Discussion Presented by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

In celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month (#NAHM), Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Mellon Foundation, moderated a wide-ranging discussion with artists Mel Chin and Allison Janae Hamilton and writer-photographer Emily Raboteau about how the humanities are tackling the interconnected challenges of climate change, public health, and racial injustice, among other pressing social justice issues.

The Lewis & Clark College Center for Community and Global Health is supported in part by a Mellon Foundation grant, Healing Social Suffering Through Narrative. 

VIDEO: Social Change through Transformative Education

Meet Lori Pompa, Founder and Executive Director or the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Find out how L&C is expanding our presence at Columbia River Correctional Institute and get involved.

VIDEO: The Flows Between Education and Incarceration

The school-to-prison pipeline refers to the pattern of pushing students out of educational institutions into criminal legal systems. This panel examined the school-to-prison pipeline’s disproportionate effect on BIPOC students  and explored efforts to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Hosted at the 17th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies.


What happens when a correctional facility functions as a classroom? Lewis & Clark history students find out firsthand.