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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
January 26, 2015

Canadian Excellence


Inside-Out Canada is fortunate to have many volunteers and members who dedicate their time, passion and skills to make†the program what it is. However we also have a very dedicated staff team who work hard to connect, develop, and strengthen Inside-Out.†

Dr. Simone Weil Davis†

Inside-Out Canada


Academic Background

1987 †B.A. †English, New York University

1992 M.A. English, emphasis in Creative Writing, University of California, Berkeley.

1996 Ph.D. English, University of California, Berkeley.†


I am an interdisciplinary teacher and writer, working in gender studies, cultural studies, ethics and American literature. I currently help to coordinate Inside-Out Canada and teach Ethics at the University of Toronto's Trinity College.

While teaching in the English department at Mount Holyoke College, I was introduced to the U.S.-based Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Trained in 2005, I went on to offer Inside-Out courses in a Massachusetts womenís jail with Lysette Navarro. I also became an Inside-Out instructor-trainer and a founding member of the Programís steering committee. Barbara Roswell and I recently co-edited Turning Teaching Inside Out: A Pedagogy of Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). †In 2009, I returned to Ontario, and connected with interested faculty and engaged community members on both sides of the wall around the country - happily including Shoshana Pollack. Thanks to the generous support of the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation and Wilfrid Laurier Universityís Faculty of Social Work, Inside-Out Canada has a good home. Thanks to the Walls to Bridges Collective, it has a powerful heart.†

Dr. Shoshana Pollack†

Inside-Out Canada


Academic Background

1989 † † B.A. English Literature, University of Toronto

1993 † † MSW, Carlton University, Ottawa ON

2000 † † PhD Social Work, University of Toronto


I have been working with and beside incarcerated women since 1991 when I began my MSW practicum at the former Kingston for Prison for Women. Over the last 22 years I have continued my practice, research, scholarship and advocacy in the area of the criminalization and imprisonment of women. †It was with great enthusiasm that I joined with Dr. Simone Davis to develop Inside-Out programming in Canada. †In 2011,†I initiated a partnership between the Faculty of Social Work and Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener to develop courses through the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. †I teach Social Work courses called Diversity, Marginalization and Oppression and Gender, Race and Crime as Inside-Out classes. I am currently working with the Walls to Bridges Collective at Grand Valley Institution for Women on a study exploring the experiences of inside and outside students who have taken Inside-Out courses through the Faculty of Social Work.

Randell Duguid†

Program Officer, Inside-Out Canada

Academic background

2005 International Baccalaureate, Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific

2009 † B.A (Hons) Sociology and Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

2013 MSW, Wilfrid Laurier University


As an abiding seeker of a more socially just world, I have long been engaged in community organizing work, in particular; anti-violence against women, anti-war, anti-poverty and peace building movements. I feel honoured to always be amidst and inspired by many passionate and caring stewards of this world.†

My involvement with Inside-Out has continued this rich trend. While embarking on my masterís degree, I had the opportunity to participate in the first Inside-Out class in Canada. My experience was one of critically engaging dialogue that changed and transformed my world view. It also connected me to a diverse group of learners with a collective desire for social change.

Since that first class, I have remained involved with Inside-Out as one of the founding members of the Walls the Bridges Collective, as a support facilitator of an Inside-Out course and now as a staff member. I am continually energized by the creative and transformative nature of the program and I look forward to our work ahead as we continue to grow and develop.†