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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 3, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Walls to Bridges Collective



The Walls to Bridges Collective (W2BC) was created by the first Inside-Out Prison Exchange class at Grand Valley Institution for Women in November 2011. All members are alumni or instructors of Inside-Out courses. Walls to Bridges Collective members meet bi-weekly at Grand Valley Institution and engage in a variety of different activities, discussions, advocacy and educational experiences in a supportive, anti-oppressive and nurturing environment. We aim to be active in both the prison and the outside community and encourage dialogue for meaningful transformation.

The collective has created and led various workshops in the community as well as visiting guests to other university classes using the same pedagogy that the Inside-Out model uses. They have also been support facilitators for the first Canadian Instructor training in Canada that took place in July 2013 and will facilitate on going annual trainings. Additionally, W2BC is engaged in research, employing a community based research model, about the impact of the Inside-Out model of learning on students. 

Our mission: through collaboration with people living inside and outside prison walls, we will strive to connect and build bridges by educating, informing and advocating about social justice and education for criminalized women and transpeople.

Our Vision: we envision change by embracing diversity, achieving equality and re-thinking incarceration to create a socially just world.