Looking to the Future of Prison Education

  • Starts: 3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 2, 2024
  • Ends: 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 2, 2024
50 years of transformative education
Prison Education at BU, 1972–2022

Join Boston University Metropolitan College alumni, faculty, and staff to commemorate 50 years of BU’s Prison Education Program, and to explore the future of prison education in the United States. The seminar will include a keynote address, “Learning with Conviction: The Transformative Nature of College in Prison Programming,” as well as a panel discussion with faculty, corrections experts and Prison Education Program graduates. A reception will follow.

Event Overview

Keynote by Dr. Noel Vest, Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Welcoming remarks by Metropolitan College Dean Tanya Zlateva

Panel Discussion moderated by Director of Prison Education Programs Mary Ellen Mastrorilli

Reception to follow

This event will be In-person and also available via live streaming. The link will be provided closer to the event date.

RSVP is required.

About the Keynote Speaker

Dr. Noel Vest

As a formerly incarcerated scholar, Dr. Vest advocates for social justice issues and public policy concerning substance use disorder recovery and prison reentry. His research interests include mental health, substance use disorders, poverty, social justice, addiction recovery, and pain. He was recently awarded a K01 early investigator award through the National Institute of Drug Abuse to study collegiate recovery programs through an implementation science lens. He received his PhD and master’s degrees in experimental psychology from Washington State University. He recently finished a postdoc in the Department of Anesthesia at Stanford Medicine.


Carol Mici, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Corrections

Lynne Sullivan (MET’09’21), Regional Manager, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Petey Green Program

Sam Williams (MET’92’13), Executive Director, Concord Prison Outreach

Dr. Abraham Waya (STH’98), Lecturer, Boston University Metropolitan College Applied Social Sciences

José Bou, (MET’08’15), Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership

Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor, Boston University