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Beyond the Bars Fellowship

About the Fellowship 

The Beyond the Bars Fellowship offers students and community members an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of mass incarceration and social change; and to collaborate with social justice organizers, activists, and academics to plan the annual Beyond the Bars Conference. This interdisciplinary leadership program aims to bring together a diverse group of Fellows to further develop their leadership skills – Fellows gain a theoretical and practical understanding of mass incarceration – inclusive of its origins, and wide spread personal and societal consequence. Fellows are also be introduced to various models of social change while having an opportunity to interact and learn from community activists, organizers and academics. In addition, Fellows work together with the Center for Justice and the Criminal Justice Caucus to organize the annual Beyond the Bars Conference on mass incarceration.  The Fellowship is made up of both Student and Community members. Our aim is to work collaboratively with the University and Community towards social change.

Recruiting for next years’ Fellows will begin Summer 2017.

Beyond the Bars Fellows 2016-2017

Meet our 2016-17 Beyond the Bars Fellows   Our current Fellows come from many schools across Columbia (Social Work, Teachers College, Columbia College, the School of the Arts, School of Public Health and the Sociology Department), other colleges (Rutgers, NewLEARN MORE >

Beyond the Bars Fellows 2015-2016

Meet our 2015-16 Beyond the Bars Fellows Our current Fellows come from many schools across Columbia (Social Work, Teachers College, Columbia College and the School of Professional Studies), other colleges (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York Theological Seminary,LEARN MORE >

Beyond the Bars Fellows 2014-2015

The Center for Justice at Columbia University is humbled and excited to present the inaugural cohort of the Beyond the Bars Fellows.  The Beyond the Bars Fellowship provides students and community members with an opportunity to develop a deeper understandingLEARN MORE >