What Is It Like To Teach A Community Based Learning, Inside-Out Course?

“Being trained to teach an Inside-Out course was a life-changing experience. Everyone left touched, energized, and ready to take on the world. But since I was not teaching the model for awhile, the actual teaching was several months removed from the training. So I practiced on my regular students. I led them through the exercises that I…

Refreshing Part of the Week

This Talking The Walk course is the most refreshing part of my academic week. I go from Economics, to South Asian Literature, to thesis writing, to World Music, to Arabic, but all in all I find that it is the off-campus, very experiential and honest weekly meetings with the Inside Out Group at LIFT that…

Triangle Student Newspaper Article

Drexel University’s independent student newspaper published this article on December 7, 2012. The article covers our closing ceremony for the side-by-side course Urban Life: Reexamining the City through an Experimental Lens. Originally published by The Triangle on December 7, 2012. Article by Devon Harman. A closing ceremony was held Dec. 5 in the Bossone Atrium for…

Amber’s Closing Speech

Hello, as you know my name is Amber Opromollo. I’m a third year student majoring in criminal justice here at Drexel University. Drexel is well-known for it’s quarter system, prestige in engineering, and being just a tad bit, well, being not-so-cheap. The one thing that’s not in the dragon mission statement: the impossibility of registering…

Naming Our Blog

Our of our community students, Angela, explains the origins of our blog.  Watch the video or read the transcript to learn more! “I came up with the title of ‘People First’ for our blog, because since I’ve been taking [an inside-out course], I’ve learned we’re all equal. Everybody treats everyone so respectful and so equal,…

Philadelphia Tribune Highlights Our Course

The Philadelphia Tribune Highlights Our Course! Instead of large think tanks and groups of rather disassociated folks talking haughtily about the ills facing society, Drexel University and its nonprofit partner LIFT have collaborated on a novel program that brings together two disparate groups – one from the university and the other composed of LIFT clients…

Hoa’s Perspective

Greetings!  Or, as my mother and father would say, cháo!  Welcome to People First, the latest installment of a rotating series of reflections from students from both Inside and Outside of the peer-learning circle—or sometimes more aptly, fence.  For those of you not familiar, the Inside-Out teaching model was pioneered in 1997 by Professor Lori…

Empowered by Perspective

In my 5 years at Drexel I’ve taken 230 credits of coursework and I can safely say that just 3 of those have truly challenged my perspective of this world. Those 3 credits were earned in this classroom, or “library,” with a group of students who challenged me consistently each week to think outside of…

Taking Resources For Granted

Paper. Scissors. Paint. Those items aren’t too hard to come back. Check your local grocery store or classroom and you’ll be sure to find what you need. But these resources can’t be found in a county jail, for obvious reasons. So when an Inside student wanted to make a “scroll” to present to the Dean…

“Who Am I”

Who am I?I am Him the sustainer for all of the substance your eye’s can see is why I share equal value to preserve life for Him who created me looking from the outside in on the people who was called by his name Losing the moral reason Why I exist or never took the time to…

An Insider’s Voice: Proving Society Wrong

Who would have ever thoughts that I would be in a college class, especially in a county jail? This class really has me thinking about going further with my education when I am released. Just being around my outside classmates gives me a positive feeling. They make me realize there’s so much more to life…

I’m Looking at YOU, From The “Inside-Out”

  “Let me sum it up for you—guilty until proven innocent.” –Anonymous Inmate It’s not every day that you get on a bus with 14 classmates and head to jail. But that’s what I signed up for—Drexel’s Inside Out class that places 15 outside (or Drexel) students and 15 inside (or inmate) students. We’ll meet…