Women’s Discussion Group Student Club donates books to Women’s Prison Book Project

In celebration of Global Giving Day, SUNY Broome’s Women’s Discussion Group, the sole student group focusing on women’s issues, donated 148 books to the Women’s Prison Book Project on Nov. 28, 2017.In celebration of Global Giving Day, SUNY Broome’s Women’s Discussion Group, the sole student group focusing on women’s issues, donated 148 books to the Women’s Prison Book Project on Nov. 28, 2017.

Faculty Adviser, Professor I.J. Byrnes of the Philosophy Program, noted that the project was inspired by reading Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman, a non-fiction memoir by the author who spent a year in prison on drug charges.

Club President Orion Barber, VP Dawn Powell, VP Kevin Carr and Faculty Adviser Professor I.J. Byrnes decided to support this literary and rehabilitative project in light of the skyrocketing increase of the number of women behind bars since the 1980’s, the problems faced by the children of single women in jail and the correlation of imprisonment and mental health and addiction issues among women inmates.

Chapter President Barber said, “On Giving Tuesday, I am proud to support the Women’s Prison Book Project. Prisons today greatly lack the ability to rehabilitate inmates. Literacy is just one of the important skills to practice while incarcerated.”

VP Dawn Shefler noted, “Books have always been a refuge for me.”

The SUNY Broome Women’s Discussion Group would like to acknowledge and thank the book donors involved in this project:

Professor I.J. Byrnes

Adjunct Faculty Member and Instructional Designer Tera Doty-Blance

Professor Robert Wood

President Orion Barber

VP Dawn Shefler

The SUNY Broome Women’s Discussion Group would also like to thank the following campus community members for their help and support with this project:

Talia Horowitz

Cheryl Sullivan

Dean and Associate VP Michael Kinney

Ryan Dempsey

David Capodaglia

Jason Boring

James Gill