Skip to content

Main Navigation



Learn more


Through a commitment to social transformation, UPEP advances educational equity through on-site higher education, empirical research, and advocacy.

About UPEP

History: In 2016-2017, the University of Utah Honors College sponsored a yearlong Praxis Lab course titled, Education, Incarceration, and Justice. The undergraduate course was designed to examine university affiliated college-in-prison programs throughout the country, prison-university partnerships, and best practices in the field.  We consulted with the Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) and various administrative leaders at the University of Utah. We attended the 6th Annual Higher Education in Prison Conference in Nashville, TN and met with directors of some of the most well respected college-in-prison programs throughout the country. The final project of the Praxis Lab was the development and launch of the UPEP in Spring 2017. Dr. Castro and the students in the Praxis Lab are Co-Founders of UPEP. We are indebted to the Honors College at the University of Utah for its early and ongoing support.

What we do: Organizemanage, and plan for-credit and non-credit bearing educational programs such as classes, workshops, and guest lectures at the Utah State Correctional Facility. Faculty from the University of Utah, as well as faculty from our partner schools such as Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, and Utah Valley University have all offered an array of programming in art, history, law, music, and philosophy. 

ethics bowlcyd students

Ways to Give

Support a Student

We are actively fundraising to cover costs associated with enrollment. Students are not asked to financially pay for participation in UPEP. Support a UPEP student by donating today. Your donations help fund books, supplies, and faculty instruction costs.

In preparation for the upcoming semester, we're stocking up on supplies for students, including legal pads, pens, notebooks, etc. Please consider supporting our on-site programming by purchasing an item from our Amazon Wishlist.  

DonateAmazon Wishlist

   Twitter      Facebook      LinkedIn

Last Updated: 7/3/24