In collaboration with Professor Demetrius Semien and students at Spring Hill College, we created the New Day Experience project site to provide resources for organizations that work with persons previously incarcerated to provide a new start. Projects include the experiential learning activities that are part of the sociology coursework, as well as service opportunities organized for students as part of the Ignatian mission and identity of our Jesuit and Catholic College. For example, projects include students running the re-entry simulation for leaders in the community and developing a Google Map of service providers for persons exiting the prison system in conjunction with Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Ex-offenders Pursue Excellence) subcommittee and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Alabama. Our goal is to help reduce recidivism in Mobile County.
Here’s the Spring Hill College sociology project website, A New Day Experience. This initiative grew from an idea I had when I heard Dr. Semien present on the re-entry simulation at a local conference. He noted student feedback suggesting that re-entry simulation participants needed a map to reduce the confusion on where to access necessary resources. I connected that thought to the real world and proposed the electronic solution of a Google Map of re-entry resources. Our current New Day Experience Re-entry Resource Map has 60 service locations with an overlay of the City’s bus stops and routes. The next steps include producing a mobile app for the intended users and re-entry service providers.
Dr. Sandra Rogers,
Spring Hill College